Jets' Richardson hit with fine

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The FedEx letter to Sheldon Richardson from league headquarters arrived Wednesday, informing the Jets defensive lineman that he was being fined in addition to getting the unsportsmanlike behavior penalty in Green Bay last Sunday.

Richardson admitted he'd received the fine, but he wouldn't disclose the amount.

"No need for all that," Richardson said.

It's the second NFL fine that Richardson has gotten in his career, and it came from a play during which Richardson lost his helmet and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was ejected for throwing a punch.

"I've never really agreed with the fines anyway," Richardson said, "because it's only really on the defensive guy to get a fine. Unless the offensive guy blatantly punches somebody in the face or something crazy. I think the fine system is strictly for the D."

Wilkerson, who was not available in the Jets' locker room Thursday, will be automatically fined for the ejection.

Later in the Packers game, Richardson amplified offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's call for a timeout. The call nullified a touchdown pass from quarterback Geno Smith to Jeremy Kerley, and the Jets went on to lose 31-24.

Last December, the NFL fined Richardson $15,000 for a late hit on then-Browns quarterback Jason Campbell. Richardson said he disagreed with the NFL's system of fining players, because it appears to be a tax on those who play defense.

"I just want to know if Green Bay got fined, because we wasn't the only ones in there throwing punches, grabbing face masks," Richardson said. "... If it's illegal, it's illegal."

Richardson was the defensive rookie of the year last season.