DETROIT -- Eagles center Jason Kelce was fined $10,300 for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Raiders last week.
It was the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Kelce’s 11-year career.
Kelce’s fine for $10,300 is actually less than the $12,875 assigned for unsportsmanlike conduct. Instead, he was fined the amount for taunting, which has been emphasized by the league this season.
“My helmet got knocked off and then the guy kind of hits me in the balls,” Kelce said this week. “They always get the second guy, so I just gotta be smarter. I didn’t think I did anything that egregious but whatever.”
Kelce, 33, said there was some extra frustration that he let out on that play.
He also said he’d like to better channel that frustration as the Eagles sit at 2-5 after losing five of their last six games.
“You try to channel it in a positive way,” he said. “That energy can be very useful on the practice field to amp up the intensity of things. I think right now, we need as much work as we can get and as much intense work as we can get. We’ve got a lot of young players playing a lot of football right now.
“I think that the intensity in competition is only going to make guys harden for game-type situations. That’s what I’m trying to do and bring and I think that you try to release it in a positive way that not only makes you better but also brings other guys’ levels up as well.”
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