NFL fines Buccaneers’ Jordan Whitehead for hit on Baker Mayfield
CLEVELAND — Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead’s wallet got a little lighter Sunday thanks to the NFL.
Whitehead was fined $26,739 for his helmet to helmet hit on Brown’s quarterback Baker Mayfield last Sunday.
Mayfield was sliding at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he got hit by Whitehead, who was initially penalized before the officials conferred and decided to pick up the flag — and one against Mayfield for taunting.
First-year referee Shawn Hochuli made the situation worse by incorrectly announcing Mayfield “was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head.”
The league announced Friday that Whitehead should have been penalized for striking Mayfield in the side of the helmet.