Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) pulls in a touchdown reception past Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson (22) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Many Arizona Cardinals fans probably won’t be happy with this news but per Fox Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki, Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will be just fined and not suspended for his illegal chop block on Cards defensive end Calais Campbell in Sunday’s game.
Thomas will reportedly be fined $8,268 for the hit. Campbell had to leave the game with what was diagnosed Monday as an MCL strain. He will likely miss 1-3 weeks. Thomas meanwhile had said he didn’t think the play was dirty as Cards head coach Bruce Arians called it.
An interesting note came out during tonight’s Sam Acho show that Thomas actually made his way to the Cards locker room after the game to apologize to Campbell. While I don’t think there was intent to injure, that play certainly had intent. Unfortunately the NFL will have its hands tied on this. They aren’t an eye for an eye league when it comes to injuries and penalties. That doesn’t mean people don’t want to see that change though.