Jelani Jenkins fined $15,750 for QB hit

DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Jelani Jenkins was fined $15,750 for his second-half hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis, a league spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com Friday.

Jenkins appeared to mostly make contact with Lewis' chest on the play. But Jenkins struck the quarterback with his helmet, and it was hard enough to garner a 15-yard personal-foul penalty and a subsequent fine. Jenkins was Miami’s fourth-round pick last April.

Miami head coach Joe Philbin was not pleased with the hit and didn’t come to Jenkins’ defense earlier this week. That was an important penalty for the Dolphins in a close, 23-21, loss to the Bills.

“It’s the quarterback. He’s got to hit the guy lower,” Philbin explained. “Our guys have done a great job of that all year.”

The Dolphins (3-3) will travel Sunday to play the New England Patriots (5-2) in an important AFC East game for both teams.