The NFL has fined Bucs inside linebacker Devin White a total of $25,750 for his actions resulting in pivotal penalties in Sunday’s 36-27 loss to the Saints.
White was fined $15,450 for two unnecessary-roughness infractions: a horse-collar tackle of Jameis Winston that resulted in a season-ending injury to the former Bucs quarterback; and a roughing-the-passer whistle the possession following Winston’s injury.
He also was fined $10,300 for a taunting whistle in the fourth quarter.
Winston tore his ACL on the horse-collar tackle, where White appeared to grab the quarterback by his name plate, and is out for the season. The other two penalties led to Saints field goals.
White, who remains close friends with Winston, said after the game he thought he grabbed Winston below his name plate. On the roughing call on Trevor Siemian (in which Siemian threw an incompletion), White said he “was just trying to finish the play.”
But he took full responsibility for taunting toward Saints tailback Mark Ingram.
“Me and Mark Ingram were jawing all night, just going back and forth at each other, but it’s always one-sided when you’re in someone else’s house,” White said.
“It was nothing personal going on with us. We talked at the end of the game, and he respected the way I play the game. I’m just going to keep being me. I’m a fiery guy and I like to talk, but now I’ll look at the ground when I’m talking to someone so I can save the penalty for my team.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the team. But, I still have to play with passion and energy when I’m out here.”
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