NFL fines Buccaneers’ Jordan Whitehead for hit on Baker Mayfield

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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns reacts to a play during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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.

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