Bruce Carter, Ernie Sims fined by NFL

IRVING, Texas -- The bye week is a good thing for the Dallas Cowboys, considering their injuries, but it will be costly for linebackers Bruce Carter and Ernie Sims.

Carter was fined $15,570 for a horse-collar tackle of New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, and Sims was fined $7,875 for grabbing the face mask of Saints running back Mark Ingram. Both penalties came on New Orleans’ third-quarter drive that ended on Ingram’s 4-yard touchdown run. The Saints did not throw a pass on the eight-play drive.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was not fined for a second-quarter face mask penalty.

Carter and Sims are the fourth and fifth Cowboys to be fined this season. Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 for a throat-slash gesture versus the St. Louis Rams. Safety Barry Church was fined $5,250 for throwing a football into the stands after his touchdown versus the New York Giants. Linebacker Cameron Lawrence was fined $21,000 for a blindside block against the Washington Redskins.