Packers' Matthews fined $17,363

QB Foles seeks to improve during Rams bye week
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52), Nate Palmer (51) and Nick Perry sack St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles during the first half an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

The NFL has fined Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews $17,363 for a hard first-quarter hit on Rams quarterback Nick Foles that it deemed roughing the passer after reviewing game film of the Packers' 24-10 victory last Sunday at Lambeau Field. Rams coach Jeff Fisher felt it should have drawn a penalty flag during the game.

"Dirt hit him with the crown of his head protector, right in the mid-section," Fisher said prior in the week. "It backpedals to the arbitrator (Brad Allen) is the person who's going to decide, and he doesn't see the quarterback's front. He's (situated) to the tossing hand.

"So Brad couldn't see it. I obviously think it was roughing due to the cap's crown to the mid-section. Be that as it may, from his point of view, he couldn't see the contact. It was somewhat a particular little piece of something that happens. Infrequently you get those calls. Here and there they're correct and now and then they're off-base."

With respect to Foles, in the event that he had a feeling on the legitimateness of the hit he didn't offer it when tested on the point by columnists taking after a Wednesday bye week rehearse.

"That is not for me to say," Foles said. "I don't make those determinations. I truly, around then, was simply agonized over the following play and continue onward. I know I've seen (the play), yet that is not for me to focus."
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