The NFL has fined St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner $23,152 for his illegal hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during Sunday’s game
As Bridgewater slid during a run in the fourth quarter, Joyner delivered a hit to the quarterback’s helmet. Bridgewater laid down on the field with his eyes closed before being taken to the locker room. He did not return to the game and was evaluated for a concussion.
Joyner was given a 15–yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
The Vikings went on to win the game 21–18 in overtime.
Joyner, who said Tuesday that he expected to be fined for the hit, said it was unintentional.
“I can’t fix what happened. Like I said, it wasn’t intentional, I know in my heart that it wasn’t intentional and I sincerely apologize for it," Joyner said. The cornerback added that he hopes Bridgewater would be able to return for the Vikings’ game against the Raiders on Sunday.
Bridgewater fully participated in practice on Thursday and is expected to start in Oakland. In eight games this season, the quarterback has thrown for 1,670 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions for the Vikings.
- Xandria James