Julius Thomas Reportedly Fined by NFL for Chop Block on Calais Campbell

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2014

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The NFL has reportedly fined Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas for going low on a chop block that injured Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell during the two teams' Week 5 matchup.   

Adam Schefter of ESPN passed along word of the punishment:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL fined Broncos TE Julius Thomas $8268 for his chop block on Cardinals DE Calais Campbell, per source.

The play caused tension between the two sides following the contest.

Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today passed along comments from Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was clearly disturbed about the nature of the block.

"I've been coaching for 37 years and it's the dirtiest play I've ever seen in the National Football League," he said. "It was a flat chop block that put him out of the game. I've never seen anything like it."

Thomas wasn't interested in getting involved in a war of words, but definitively stated that he didn't mean to injure Campbell, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.

"The main thing is there was no intention for anybody to be hurt on the play, and hopefully he'll be back soon," Thomas said.

Unfortunately, those well wishes aren't going to get one of Arizona's key defenders back on the field any quicker. Kent Somers of AZCentral reported Campbell is expected to miss up to a month due to an MCL injury suffered on the play:

Kent Somers @kentsomers

Calais is mcl out three to four weeks

Mike Klis of The Denver Post provides his take on the play:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Chop block on Calais Campbell was bad. Julius Thomas cut block by itself was legal. Ryan Clady reaction showed it was mistake. Unintentional

Based on the rules, the NFL made the correct decision in fining Thomas. The tight end was going low and Ryan Clady was blocking high, which put Campbell in a vulnerable place. That said, the sides clearly differ on whether it was a planned move.  

Furthermore, it's debatable whether a fine of that size will have any impact on a player's decision-making process moving forward.


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