Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek has been fined $7,500 by the league for a late hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last week.
Dvoracek was penalized 15 yards on the play, which was a 19-yard completion to wide receiver Felton Huggins on third-and-10. That turned it into a 34-yard gain for the Bills.
Afterward, Dvoracek said that referee Scott Green told him he was not fined for a late hit but for helmet-to-helmet contact with Fitzpatrick. Dvoracek was adamant it was not a late hit although replays on television seemed to show he took two steps before hitting Fitzpatrick.
A league spokesman said the fine was for "unnecessarily striking the quarterback late."
Hitting the quarterback late remains about the surest away to draw the attention of the league office and because the players do not receive game checks until the regular season starts, it cost Dvoracek to play in the preseason opener.