Two Denver Broncos defensive players have been fined for their hits on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, according to a report.
Newton was bludgeoned by the Denver Broncos defense during the team's Week 1 loss to the defending champs. The MVP absorbed several helmet-to-helmet blows, a couple of which weren't called.
Per ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Denver safety Darian Stewart and linebacker Brandon Marshall have already been fined for their hits on Newton.
Stewart has been fined $18,231 by the NFL, sources told ESPN, for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton that came with just under 40 seconds remaining in the game. Stewart was flagged for roughing the passer on the play, but Newton was also flagged for intention grounding on the same play, so Stewart's penalty was not enforced in the game.
Marshall, whose hit in the third quarter was not flagged, was fined $24,309, a source told ESPN.
Another Broncos writer, Mike Klis, says defenders Shaq Barrett and Von Miller will not be fined by the league.
The Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. It will be interesting to see if game officials take a different approach to how they call close or questionable hits on Newton.