League fines Broncos' Stewart, Marshall for Newton hits

Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:07pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart and linebacker Brandon Marshall were fined by the National Football League (NFL) on Wednesday for hits on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

The fines came one day after the NFL's director of officiating, Dean Blandino, offered an explanation for Newton taking multiple helmet-to-helmet hits -- it's all about his posture.

Stewart was fined $18,231, sources told ESPN, for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Newton that came with just under 40 seconds remaining in the Broncos' 21-20 victory over the Panthers in last Thursday night's NFL season opener.

Stewart was called for roughing the passer, but Newton also was flagged for intentional grounding on the same play, meaning there were offsetting penalties.

Marshall's hit in the third quarter was not called a penalty, but he was fined $24,309 for impermissible use of a helmet, ESPN reported.

Blandino said on Tuesday he believed one penalty had not been flagged for a hit on Newton that should have been called.

Blandino likely was talking about Marshall's hit when he launched himself into Newton, hitting the quarterback in the helmet.

"We reviewed all of the hits in the game, just like we do for every other game," Blandino said on Tuesday's edition of NFL Total Access, "and there was one call that we felt was missed."

The NFL and the NFL Players Association each said earlier in the week they are investigating the response by medical personnel during the game after Newton absorbed multiple hits to the head.   Continued...

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26) forces Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) to fumble in the second quarter in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports