Falcons' Chris Hope fined $30,000

  • ESPN.com news services | December 21, 2012

NEW YORK -- Strong safety Chris Hope of the Atlanta Falcons has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

Hope was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the third-quarter play during Atlanta's 34-0 win on Sunday.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and Giants cornerback Corey Webster were fined $7,875 apiece for a skirmish during the game. White grabbed Webster's facemask; Webster struck White in the face.

In other penalties announced by the NFL on Friday, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson was docked $21,000 for an illegal hit; Titans defensive end Antonio Smith and Jets defensive end Quinton Coples were fined $15,750 each for helmet-to-helmet hits; Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and cornerback Cary Williams were fined $15,750 each for unnecessary roughness; and Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason and Titans safety Jordan Babineaux were docked $7,875 apiece for unnecessary roughness.

Also, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was fined $5,250 for throwing the football into the stands following his 15-yard touchdown reception last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, an NFL source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com.

The amount is standard for the infraction, according to the source.

The league took issue with Marshall's action because he threw the ball high up into the stands, as opposed to handing the ball or tossing it to a fan, both of which are allowed. The NFL discourages players from throwing the ball in that manner because it could create a fan safety issue. The league wants to avoid fans fighting over a football or diving over one another to retrieve it.

Information from ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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