Darian Stewart, Brandon Marshall fined for hits on Cam Newton

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Broncos safety Darian Stewart and linebacker Brandon Marshall were fined Wednesday for hits they made on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s 21-20 victory on Thursday.

The NFL fined Stewart $18,231 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Newton late fourth quarter. Stewart was penalized on the play.

Marshall was fined $24,309 for impermissible use of a helmet. His hit came in the third quarter. Marshall was not penalized on the play.

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

Marshall intends to appeal the ruling.

"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."

The team has been accused of playing dirty, but coach Gary Kubiak disagrees.

“No, I don’t think so. We play hard and we talk about playing hard all of the time and as I said, that was a challenge,” Kubiak said.