GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The hit that was costliest on the field did not draw a fine, but one that was not flagged cost a member of the Green Bay Packers some cash.
Linebacker Brad Jones was not fined for his hit to the helmet of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the second quarter of last Sunday's game, but linebacker Sam Barrington was docked $16,537 for roughing Stafford in third quarter. Barrington was not penalized even though he drove Stafford into the turf.
It marks Barrington's second fine in three weeks. He was hit with the same fine for a horse-collar tackle in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills.
Jones' penalty was costly at the time because it came on a third-and-13 play on which Stafford had thrown an incomplete pass, and the Lions would have faced fourth down from the Packers' 35-yard line. Instead on the next play, Stafford hit for a 20-yard touchdown that cut the Packers' lead to 14-7.