Saints safety must pay for hit; Bush escapes penalty
The NFL on Friday confirmed that it fined New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins $15,750 for a hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins five days earlier.
Meanwhile, the league also confirmed Friday that it would not fine Saints safety Rafael Bush for a hit that knocked Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola out of the same game with a head injury.
The league said Jenkins drew the fine because he struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area. Jenkins announced the punishment on his Twitter account Thursday and commented, “If you had to guess, how much $ does the NFL make per week from player fines? I keep hearing it all goes to charity I need a receipt.”
Officials flagged Jenkins with a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter of the Saints’ 30-27 loss at the Patriots on Sunday. Thompkins ran across the middle in an attempt to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady at New England’s 37-yard line when Jenkins stepped in and hit him.
Jenkins slightly lowered his head on the play, but replays showed he led with his right shoulder, which knocked the ball out of Thompkins’ grasp. The refs nonetheless penalized Jenkins.
As for Bush, he leveled Amendola when the wideout was given the ball on a reverse and tried to run around the left end a few plays after Jenkins’ penalty.
Amendola apparently lost consciousness and sustained a concussion. He sat out practice all week and on Friday was scratched from New England’s Week 7 game against the New York Jets.
Bush on Monday spoke to The Advocate about the hit on Amendola and said “there was no intent to injure the player, but it just so happened that it turned out that way.”
“It was a bang-bang play,” Bush said. “He was running the ball, and he kind of ducked his head, and I kind of ducked my head.”
Advocate contributor Guerry Smith contributed to this report.