Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall fined thousands for playing rough

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's more bad news for Brandon Marshall.

After recently being dropped as an endorsed sponsor by CenturyLink and Air Academy Federal Credit Union, the Broncos linebacker was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Wednesday.

Marshall was hit with the hefty fine after he leveled blows to the helmet of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during the NFL regular-season opener on Thursday.

Von Miller and Shaquille Barrett also collided with Newton, but the league deemed those blows accidental.

Marshall acknowledged the plays looked violent.

"I know what it looked like," he said. "I know it looked bad. But that’s a lot of money."

Marshall intends to appeal the ruling.

The fine is on par with the minimum penalty for players on their first offense.

For his part, Marshall finds the fine excessive.

"I wasn’t expecting that amount,'' Marshall said. 'But $24,000 and someone was saying that it wasn’t enough. I’m like, 'What you mean that’s some peoples' salaries after taxes'. That’s  crazy."