Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL has slapped Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin with a $25,000 fine for his illegal block that left Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber with a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae.
Earlier, NFL head of officials Dean Blandino said that Garvin’s hit was illegal and that he should have been handed a personal foul penalty.
Garvin leveled Huber on Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown Sunday night, and his helmet hit Huber’s chin.
Garvin, who is expected to appeal the fine, said there was no intent to hurt Huber, whom the Bengals placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
“I fell down on the play and I got up and saw A.B. coming towards me so I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to try and help him break on this play,’ ” Garvin said. “I wasn’t out there trying to be vicious. When you’re in the game you’re really just trying to make a play and help your team out.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Garvin carried out his assignment on the play but he acknowledged that “the nature in which the block unfolded is not what we’re looking for.”
“It’s not what we coach. It’s not what he wants, but that play hit pretty quickly,” Tomlin said.
Huber expressed no ill feelings toward the Garvin, saying “there really is not much I can do about it now”.
“Me just getting mad and stressing about it is only going to make it harder to get through,” he added.