Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic was assessed a $12,000 fine for his dirty hit on the Dallas Cowboys’ Andy Dalton.
Considering how brutal the hit appeared and the fact Bostic was ejected, many analysts were predicting a suspension last Sunday. However, during the week, news broke that the veteran linebacker would not be made to sit out games.
Still, $12,000 for a play that knocked Dalton out of the game and gave him a concussion seems like a light punishment. Dalton will miss this week’s game at Philadelphia as well.
Not surprisingly, a couple of NFL pundits have already expressed their disbelief that the penalty wasn’t stiffer.
So Andy Dalton is forced to miss at least one game [Week 8] because of this illegal hit by Jon Bostic, and might miss more. But Bostic only gets a $12,000 fine? that doesn't make sense. https://t.co/Jhu8PUVGIW
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 31, 2020
NFL fines Washington LB Jon Bostic only $12,000 for hit that concussed Cowboys QB Andy Dalton https://t.co/bOIKLzXNet
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 31, 2020
With Dalton out of action tomorrow night, the Cowboys will turn to seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci to make the start against the Eagles. First-place in the NFC East will be on the line in Philly.
Bostic and his Washington teammates are idle this weekend. They’ll return to the field next Sunday at home against the New York Giants.