Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson fined
Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson is already dealing with the pain of losing a Super Bowl. The NFL added to it on Friday. The veteran safety was part of an elite Eagles defense that imploded on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half.
They allowed the Chiefs to score on every possession in the second half to dent their chances of winning the Super Bowl. On Friday, the NFL announced they were denting Garner-Johnson’s wallet.
According to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, Gardner-Johnson was fined $14,111 for a tackle he made in the Super Bowl. He lowered his head to initiate contact with Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco in the fourth quarter. There was no flag on the play. And Gardner-Johnson will appeal the fine.
The NFL fined #Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson $14,111 for lowering the head to initiate contact with the helmet on a fourth-quarter play in Super Bowl LVII, per source.
No flag was thrown. CGJ’s agent, Kevin Conner of @UniSportsMgmt, confirmed the fine and said he’ll appeal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 17, 2023
Here’s a video of the play that led to the fine, courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles Central Twitter account:
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was allegedly fined for this hit on Isiah Pacheco…
Not too sure what he event did wrong here.
— Philadelphia Eagles Central (@pheaglescentral) February 16, 2023
The NFL is trying to take hits like that seriously. Injuries were down overall in the NFL last season. However, concussions, one of the most dangerous injuries in the sport, rose during the 20222 regular season. That’s a tough break for Gardner-Johnson trying to make a play on a crucial drive. He finished the Super Bowl recording four total tackles, two of them were solo.
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