With the NFL season just weeks away, the league’s top brass is already discussing the best way to address an alarming trend of players abusing the air in the playoffs.
While there are some players who should be given a fine, it’s hard to find one that’s actually a major deterrent to using air as a weapon.
That said, the penalties for excessive air use can be harsh, and a player who has been suspended a couple of times for illegal contact can see the punishment escalate quickly.
The most severe penalty for excessive, non-contact air use comes in the form of a two-game suspension.
That means a player is suspended for a game and fined $1,500, while players who are charged with reckless or intentional air use will be fined $5,000.
In the worst cases, a player can face a $20,000 fine.
As we head into the playoffs, we take a look at some of the players who will likely be fined in the upcoming weeks, and what that means for their playoff chances.
First, it should be noted that we’re not talking about players who hit the field during the playoffs because that’s a very different situation, but players who take part in the postseason who have either been suspended or who have been involved in an incident with the media.
It’s also worth noting that we aren’t talking about a player being suspended for one game, so it’s possible for the league to penalize a player more than one time.
Players who take the field as a part of the postseason:Ezekiel Elliott (2 games, $7,500 fine)Last year’s MVP: Elliott was suspended for the first six games of the regular season and the second half of the playoffs for violating the league and NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The suspension was for his third violation of the league policy, and the fine for the fourth violation was $3,000, a fine that was reportedly paid in full.
Elliott was fined $2,500 for his first violation in Week 6, while he was fined another $2.5, $2 million for his second violation in the same week.
Elliott has since been fined $8,500 in his second suspension, which means the fine is now $8.5 million.
He was fined more than $7 million in his third suspension.
While Elliott’s first two violations have been suspended, the suspension of the third one will have to be paid in part.
This means Elliott’s fine will be $7.5 to $8 million.
In his case, he’ll receive a $2-million fine for violating his second and third suspensions.
Elliott also will be subject to a $5 million fine if he violates the league performance-boosting drug policy for the next three seasons, which would make him one of the top-paid players in the league.