Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster has picked up another NFL "first" — his first league-issued fine.
Foster found out Wednesday he was fined $20,000 for his hit on Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in Thursday's exhibition game against the Patriots. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said he would appeal the fine.
Foster was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, in which his forearm and shoulder appeared to go into the head of Ochocinco, breaking up a pass play.
"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said. "Learn from it."
Ochocinco, for his part, has also praised Foster on Twitter, calling it a great hit, and offering to pay the fine if there was one. According to league rules, Ochocinco isn't allowed to foot the bill, but reiterated in a new Twitter message Wednesday that he intends to reimburse Foster.
"Dad, no disrespect, but I don't agree with (the Mason Foster) fine," Ochocinco sent in a tweet aimed at Goodell. "I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me."
Foster appreciated the respect.
"Definitely, growing up when you're younger, (Ochocinco) is one of the guys you always see on TV," Foster said. "So it was cool to get respect from another guy. But, at the same time, it's just playing football, I try to go out and hit everybody."