For the second time in three weeks, Jaguars DL Yannick Ngakoue has been fined substantially, by the NFL for his on field actions in a game. This time he was docked $18,231 for his second quarter hit against Bills QB Tyrod Talor in the AFC Wildcard Game Sunday.
Ngakoue was penalized 15 yards for “unnecessary roughness,” as he made high contact with a sliding Taylor. That penalty helped lead the Bills to their only points of the game. The photo of the hit is captured in this tweet:
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) January 12, 2018
Previously, Ngakoue was fined just over $30,000 for making contact with an official in the loss at the 49ers in week 16.
Ngakoue was fortunate to escape ejection in that situation, as other players like Marshawn Lynch and Jarvis Landry were tossed after making contact with the refs earlier this year.
It’s actually the third fine on the year on the second year defensive lineman. He was also fined for his week one hit on Texans QB Deshaun Watson, while he was in the pocket. That offense cost him just over $24,000. If you are running the tab, that’s $72,000+ in financial penalty to the league in the three incidents.
This brings up a larger point for Sunday’s Divisional Playoff showdown with the Steelers: will Yannick Ngakoue be a “marked man” by the officials. It’s well known, when there are players that have multiple incidents and fouls in their background, that the “guys in stripes” will meet and discuss this.
And often times, they will watch and scrutinize that player more, especially early in the game.
Take also into account that Ngakoue complained post game last Sunday night that Bills OL Richie Incognito was using racial slurs against him and his African heritage. The NFL is reportedly investigating Incognito, who has a previous suspension from this very thing with his own teammate, Jonathan Martin, in Miami with the Dolphins.
The reality is: officials are not only human, but they are actually trained to watch players and situations. So, it’s very likely, they’ll be watching Ngakoue, as the game gets rolling.
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