The NFL fined Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett twice for Roughing the Passer penalties on New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The two fines are worth a total of $42,112; $21,056 for each. Siemian suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Garrett’s second hit.
Garrett wished Siemian the best in his recovery, noting that his intent was never to injure him or put him out for the season.
“You do not want to put anybody out for the season,” Garrett said earlier this week, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “That is their job. That is something that you do not do unless you love it, and you do not want to take that away from anybody. I hope [Siemian] comes back faster and stronger than he ever has. I wish the best for him.”
Garrett, the NFL’s leader in sacks (5.0), mentioned on Wednesday that he’s not a dirty player, despite fines.
“I know who I am and the guys within these walls know who I am and that’s not me,’’ Garrett said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I’m not going to do anything to try and hurt this team or take out any player outside the rule book. I’m just going to keep playing this game the way it’s supposed to be played and that’s violently but passionately.”
Though not claiming to be a dirty player, the NFL fined him like one. The two bring his fine tally for the season up to three. He earned a $10,527 fine after Week 1 for hitting Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker in the facemask.