Cameron Lawrence fined for big hit

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Cameron Lawrence was fined $21,000 for a blindside block on Dwayne Harris' 90-yard kickoff return last week against the Washington Redskins.

Lawrence, who was playing in his first regular-season game, was not penalized for his hit on David Amerson during the game. Because he is being paid the rookie minimum $405,000, Lawrence will be able to pay the fine in installments. Before taxes, Lawrence makes roughly $23,823 per week.

He will appeal the fine.

While Lawrence was informed of his fine, safety Barry Church had not heard from the league regarding possible fines for his hits on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III that drew unnecessary roughness penalties.

"I definitely thought it was a gray area," Church said. “I felt like he was still in bounds on one, but they made the call and I've just got to live with it. ... From now on I'll probably just try to assist the quarterback out of bounds, just usher him out of bounds instead of putting my hands on him."

Church said the penalties could take away his aggressiveness.

“Coach (Jason Garrett) told me to keep doing what I'm doing and keep coming downhill, and sooner or later you'll catch one in bounds," Church said.