CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The final home game turned out to be an expensive one for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The NFL fined Newton a total of $31,000 for his actions in Sunday s 17-6 win against Oakland. In addition to Newton s previously reported $21,000 fine for abusive conduct toward referee Jerome Boger, the league docked Newton another $10,000 for kicking Raiders nose tackle Tommy Kelly in the second quarter.
After Kelly and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant combined to sack Newton, the Panthers quarterback kicked at Kelly when he was slow to let go of his leg. Kelly then pushed Newton and was penalized for unnecessary roughness.
After the game, Newton said he was trying to escape the pile as quickly as possible.
You know nothing good happens when you re at the bottom of the pile, Newton said. If I kicked him with me looking at the replay I realize it looked like I kicked him but I was just trying to get up as fast as I can to get the next play.
When I got up and he felt a certain way, he put his hands in my face and that s when he got the personal foul.
Newton was hit with a larger fine for yelling at and bumping Boger when he thought Raiders safety Mike Mitchell should have been flagged for a late hit
Newton was one of three Panthers players to draw fines totaling $77,000 stemming from the Raiders game, a league official said Friday.
Defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for his hit that knocked Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer out of the game and drew a roughing the passer penalty. The league ruled Hardy struck Palmer in the back with his helmet.
Palmer sustained cracked ribs and a collapsed lung on the hit and will not play in Oakland s final game against San Diego.
Panthers safety Charles Godfrey was fined $21,000 for hitting receiver Rod Streater in the head on a fourth-quarter incompletion that brought a flag for unnecessary roughness.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera said all three players plan to appeal.
None of the three Oakland players who drew personal foul penalties against the Panthers was fined, according to the league official.
Both Hardy and Godfrey have been fined previously this season.
Hardy was fined $15,750 for hitting Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III in the head following a throw, while Godfrey was docked $7,875 for a chop block against Dallas in Week 7.
It s tough because the one thing the league is trying to do is if they are going to make a mistake, if they are going to err they re going to err on the player safety side, Rivera said. That s the thing we ve all been told. We were told that at the head coaches meetings last year. So our guys hopefully will learn and grow, and we ll figure out this as we go along.