Even offensive players are getting their paychecks reduced these days.
It was a strange play because Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher was flagged for a facemask on Rice. If anything, it appeared that Fletcher should have been penalized for a horse-collar tackle. While Fletcher was attempting to pull Rice down, the running back tried to break free with the stiff arm and apparently grabbed the facemask.
The NFL made stiff arms to the face a point of emphasis beginning in 2008.