Rams-Panthers yields fines aplenty

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's no surprise that last week's game between the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers figured prominently when the NFL issued its weekly fines Friday.

What is more interesting isn't that Rams defensive end Chris Long, receiver Brian Quick, and guard Harvey Dahl were taxed, but more what the league handed out on the Carolina side.

Long took the heftiest hit to the wallet after he was ejected for throwing a punch during the middle of a third-quarter melee. The league docked him $15,750 for his role in the scuffle. Quick and Dahl received matching $7,875 fines for unnecessary roughness and a late hit, respectively.

On the other side, however, the Panthers took two fines for players who didn't actually receive penalties for their infractions. Safety Mike Mitchell ($7,875) and receiver Steve Smith ($7.875) received fines for taunting and unnecessary roughness, respectively.

Mitchell, of course, drew the ire of Dahl and the Rams after he celebrated on the Rams' sideline after he hit Rams quarterback Sam Bradford as he was going out of bounds. The play resulted in Bradford's torn ACL, which will keep him out the rest of the season. Mitchell stood over Bradford after the play with his arms out in celebration, then repeated it moments later after Dahl attempted to get him to vacate the premises. Earlier in the game, Mitchell had offered a similar celebration on the Rams' sideline after a 6-yard catch by tight end Cory Harkey.

Smith's fine comes as punishment for hitting cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the face while blocking. Jenkins and Smith were in a combative mode all day, and Smith threatened to punch Jenkins if he ever came across him in public.

Jenkins didn't have much to say on the matter when asked Friday.

"He’ll be all right," Jenkins said. "No comment on Steve Smith. I don’t care about Steve Smith. Whatever."