Broncos’ Julius Thomas fined, not suspended, for chop block against Cardinals
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it was the dirtiest play he had seen in the past 37 years in the NFL.
The NFL did not agree.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will be fined $8,268 for his chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell during Sunday’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The fine is standard for a first-time illegal hit.
“I’ve been coaching for 37 years,” Arians ranted after the game, which the Broncos won, 41-20. “It was a flat chop block and it put him out of the game. I’ve never seen anything like it. I know John Fox. He’s a great coach and a great guy. But somebody has got to answer to that. A fine isn’t going to do it when he’s going to miss three to four weeks on a blatant chop block.”
Campbell is a Denver native who attended South High School.
Thomas said the play was a miscommunication with offensive tackle Ryan Clady that led to the penalty. Clady went for a high block on the play while Thomas went low below Campbell’s waist, eventually making contact with his knee.
“I guarantee that being dirty is not a part of my game, and to intentionally hurt somebody is not something I would ever do,” Thomas said.
The league said Monday the play was illegal, but after review, it found it did not rise to the level of a suspension. The fine is the same amount quarterback Peyton Manning received for taunting the Houston Texans’ D.J. Swearinger during a preseason game.
Also Wednesday, Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.