Jags' Lockley will appeal $20,000 fine
The agent for Jacksonville Jaguars rookie linebacker Mike Lockley said his client will appeal the $20,000 the practice squad player received in a preseason game, according to Scout.com's Aaron Wilson.
Lockley was fined for a hit against New England Patriots receiver Taylor Price in preseason, and the NFL said he could pay off the fine in installments rather than in one fell swoop since he only makes $5,700 per week.
Agent Ed Brown sent out a statement on the matter, saying, "The fine that Commissioner Roger Goodell gave Michael first off is incorrect because Michael's hit wasn't even on a defenseless player. The ball bounced off of Price's face mask and was in the air where Price could still make the catch so Michael separated Price from the ball as defenders are supposed to do and do on a regular basis. It is also excessive and unnecessary to fine a practice squad player who isn't even afforded the same benefits as an active, inactive, or injured reserve player not to mention the rate of pay between those groups at even the low end is not even close.”
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com