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NFL levies heavy fine on Jarvis Landry for role in brawl

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

The NFL is playing no games when dealing with Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry for his role in the huge brawl against the Buffalo Bills in week 17. The NFL has fined Landry $48,620 for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received. That amount is close to a full paycheck for Landry.

He was penalized with the unsportsmanlike conduct then ejected after abusive language towards the ref. The incident began when Landry head butted safety Jordan Poyer who had his hand around Landry’s neck. According to the Miami Herald Landry in three different occasions cursed out officials, a charge he denies.

Head coach Adam Gase had addressed the situation earlier in the week, here’s what he said via the Miami Herald:

“I think that was the pinnacle of what I’ve ever seen with him during a game,” Gase said Wednesday. “I know there’s been times some of those guys got in the mix a little bit. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen it get to the level where it was extremely bad.

“Last game, that was about as embarrassing as I’ve seen in a long time. … That was very frustrating to watch and standing there and not being able to do anything. We need way better control from our best players in the heat of the moment.”

Gase and Landry hand’t been seeing eye to eye as they had a shouting match late in the Dolphins loss to the Chiefs in week 16. 

Now we move to the effects of all what has gone down with Landry. He’s in his fourth season in the league all with the Dolphins and he’s a free agent. The two sides thus far are far apart in their expectations for any new contract. That said we did say last Sunday that he likely will remain with the team.   After further review and assessing everything we know right now I wouldn’t be so certain.

Now Adam Gase has downplayed the feud from week 16 and said any impasse between the two is widely exaggerated, Landry’s week 17 antics and now the NFL penalty sure doesn’t help Landry’s cause.

Obviously Landry is a unique talent and has been consistently the most productive offensive weapon. The question now is that will other teams make a run at Landry and did the way the season end seal his fate? Who knows this is now in the hands of the Dolphins top brass and Landry’s agent. We will have a better idea in March when free agency officially begins.

Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake was fined 12K for his role in the brawl, where the NFL didn’t fine any Bills players.




Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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