Posted by Will Brinson
In Thursday night's NFL season opener, the Packers and Saints threw down. Some more than others -- Charles Woodson threw a punch towards New Orleans David Thomas but wasn't ejected for the flagrant action.
It was expected that Woodson would get one of the fine-filled envelopes from the league office and, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, such a notice came in the mail on Wednesday and will cost Woodson $10,000.
We noted at the time that Woodson should have been ejected -- and noted afterwards that the refs' lack of awareness probably hurt the Saints chances of winning.
Now we'll note that $10,000 is a pretty cheap cost for intentionally striking an opponent on the field of play. Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson went to blows last season and each ended up being nailed with a $25,000 fine. The same goes, as we noted when Johnson/Finnegan were fined, for Oakland's Richard Seymour, who received a $25,000 fine for punching Ben Roethlisberger.
Given the emphasis on not, you know, punching other players as well as historical precedent, it's pretty safe to say that Woodson got off light for his actions against New Orleans.
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