Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for a hit on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing in the Monday night matchup between the two teams, according to Jay Glazer . The hit ended Cushing's season, as he suffered a torn left ACL on the play.
Slauson was not penalized on the play, in which he cut-block Cushing. The linebacker couldn't see Slauson coming as he went low, cutting down Cushing at the knees. Cushing was several yards away from the ball-carrier when the block was made.
Jets' coach Rex Ryan defended Slauson.
"It's something that definitely wasn't intentional. It's a legal block," Ryan said. "It's not dirty, it's just a technique."
Slauson reportedly will appeal the fine.
"I feel like it was a clean block," Slauson said Wednesday. "I've been told by my coaches it was a clean block."
The NFL's disciplinary czars obviously saw the play differently.