ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson were fined a combined total of $36,000 by the NFL on Thursday for their hits on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last Sunday.
Miller was fined $21,000 and believes that his fine was unfair. Late in the fourth quarter, Miller was rushing Newton when he was knocked down to the ground.
Unable to quickly get to his feet, Miller crawled on the ground and wrapped his arms near Newton's ankles as another lineman hit the quarterback. The star linebacker was penalized on the play for roughing the passer.
"How am I supposed to know if he threw the ball or not," Miller said. "I was down on the ground, actually the guard facemasked me and threw me into the quarterback. I’m supposed to what? Stand straight up and continue with the tackle?"
Miller said that he will appeal the fine. He is currently second in the NFL with ten sacks.
Vickerson was fined $15,000 for his horse-collar tackle penalty while sacking Newton.
The Broncos will host the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday at 2:25 p.m.