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NFL fines Charles Woodson $10,000 for punch

Donald Driver

Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson shows off his Super Bowl ring Thursday, June. 16, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis., after the NFL football team’s ring ceremony at Lambeau Field. The rings feature a Packers “G” logo with 13 diamonds to symbolize each of the team’s championships. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy says players “wanted big and they wanted bling,” and said the franchise delivered on both counts. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Packers cornerback Charles Woodson got off easy when he wasn’t ejected from Thursday night’s game after punching Saints tight end David Thomas. Now he’s gotten off easy again with a lower-than-expected fine.

The NFL has fined Woodson $10,000 for the punch, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The $10,000 fine seems low, particularly compared to the $25,000 that Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan and Richard Seymour all got fined for throwing punches last season. The fine is also a pittance relative to Woodson’s salary, which tops $10 million a year.

So Woodson did something that’s indisputably unacceptable -- punching an opponent -- and got fined 0.1 percent of his salary. Jaguars practice squad linebacker Mike Lockley did something that’s at least arguably acceptable -- a borderline hit while trying to break up a pass -- and got fined more than 20 percent of his salary.

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