Allen Hurns

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Cowboys reportedly releasing Allen Hurns; could Patriots have interest?

Cowboys reportedly releasing Allen Hurns; could Patriots have interest?

The New England Patriots seemingly are looking to add wide receiver depth. And as fate would have it, a veteran wideout is hitting the open market.

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing wide receiver Allen Hurns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

Hurns suffered a gruesome ankle injury in last season's playoffs that required surgery, but NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports he's healthy entering 2019 training camp.

The Patriots, meanwhile, are expected to be without top receiver Julian Edelman for about three weeks due to a recent thumb injury. They reportedly brought four pass-catchers in for workouts Monday, suggesting they'd like to add another body in Edelman's temporary absence.

Hurns likely wouldn't come cheap; he was scheduled to make $4 million in base salary this season with a $6.25 million cap hit and reportedly turned down a discounted Cowboys offer to test the open market.

Still, the 27-year-old has a proven track record that includes a breakout 2015 season of 1,031 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a career-high 69.6 percent catch rate in 2017.

If New England is willing to pay a bit more than the minimum to add a receiver ahead of the first day of training camp Thursday, Hurns may be worth looking into.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.