GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The NFL either cracked down harder on the Green Bay Packers this past season, or they were guilty of more egregious infractions -- or perhaps both.
Whatever the case, Packers players were fined at least $185,348 during the 2016 season (including playoffs). That’s more than the previous two seasons combined. In 2015, they had four player fines that totaled $52,088. In 2014, it was six player fines for $88,197.
Seven of the fines, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ from the NFC Championship Game, were facemask penalties that carried a $9,115 dock in pay.
Outside linebacker Datone Jones was fined the most -- $45,579 for two infractions -- and had the single largest fine of $36,464 for his helmet hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Oct. 30. He was fined as a second offender because of a hit on Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the playoffs during the previous season.
There could have been other fines, but the league does not openly announce them; they only confirm specific requests for fine information. Also, some fines could have been reduced through appeals.
Here’s a list of Packers’ player fines that were confirmed this season.
Randall Cobb: $9,115 for a facemask in the season opener at Jacksonville.
Mike Daniels: $18,231 for roughing Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 2; $9,115 for taunting in Week 10 at Tennessee.
Nick Perry: $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct -- a throat-slash gesture against the Lions in Week 3.
Datone Jones: $36,343 for a helmet hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Week 8; $9,115 for unpenalized facemask against the Bears in Week 15.
Letroy Guion: $9,115 for unnecessary roughness against Tennessee.
Davante Adams: $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct (dunking the ball over the goalpost) in Week 17 at Detroit.
Aaron Rodgers: $9,115 for a facemask on a stiff-arm attempt against Falcons cornerback Robert Alford in the NFC title game.