Donald Penn, Jared Allen draw fines for in-game fight
As expected, Bucs left tackle Donald Penn and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen were assessed fines following their fight in last week's Bucs win at Minnesota.
Because each drew personal fouls, specifically for grabbing each other's facemasks, each player was fined the requisite $7,875, according to an NFL spokesman. These are considered minimal fines under the NFL's schedule of fines. The league could have assessed greater fines, but the league office apparently didn't believe the incident warranted more severe action.
Penn and Allen, after engaging in a tough matchup throughout the game, let emotions boil over during the third quarter, each throwing punches at the other player after the whistle. Allen was left bloody when, he says, his face mask gashed the bridge of his nose after his helmet was pulled off by Penn.
Both players expressed admiration for each other afterward -- sort of.
"I have tremendous respect for the guy," Penn said of Allen. "He’s a great player. A great one. But he still got a lucky sack on me. It should’ve been a shutout."