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Jets' Matt Slauson fined $10K for hit on Brian Cushing

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.