St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has been fined $23,152 by the NFL for his illegal hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Joyner hit Bridgewater in the head while the QB was sliding on a run. He drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
Heated words from coaches on both teams ensued.
Mike Zimmer of the Vikings called it a "cheap shot" in his postgame news conference and pointed his finger at the Rams' defensive coordinator, saying, "[Gregg Williams'] defenses are all like that."
Rams counterpart Jeff Fisher, meanwhile, blasted criticism of the hit by NBC football analyst Rodney Harrison.
Joyner said Tuesday he expected a fine.
"I can't fix what happened," he said. "Like I said, it wasn't intentional, I know in my heart that it wasn't intentional and I sincerely apologize for it. I hope he's ready to go for his team on Sunday and continues to win football games for them, because that's a good organization over there."
Bridgewater, meanwhile, was in the league's concussion protocol this week. He was a full participant in practice Thursday, and the QB is expected to start Sunday at Oakland.
Information from ESPN.com's Ben Goessling and Nick Wagoner was used in this report.