KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A pair of Chiefs players are lighter in the pocket Friday after the NFL fined them for actions against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.
The NFL levied a fine on rookie cornerback Steven Nelson in the amount of $17,363 for roughing the passer, specifically “struck QB in knee area,” a league spokesman informed ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Nelson’s infraction occurred in the second quarter when he rushed Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the left side of the line of scrimmage and stumbled.
Nelson’s momentum carried him to Bridgewater, resulting in a hit below the knees, which immediately drew the penalty flag.
Second-year running back Charcandrick West received a fine in the amount of $8,681 for an illegal chop block in the fourth quarter, according to the league spokesman.
The NFL placed a point of emphasis on illegal chop blocks for the 2015 season.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the fourth quarter, and defensive lineman Jaye Howard, who was penalized for roughing the passer in the third quarter, were not fined, per the league spokesman.