Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee levels Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and is ejected from the game during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Photo: Curtis Compton/
Photo: Curtis Compton/

Falcons’ Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton 

McKinley, Smith also fined for the incident

He became the third Falcons player to be fined this season. Grady Jarrett was fined ($20,054) for his hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Eric Saubert was fined ($10,026) for a face-mask penalty against the Eagles. 

Also, defensive end Takk McKinley was fined $10,026 for coming to the aid of Kazee after Carolina wide receiver Torrey Smith pushed him down. Smith was also fined $10,026.

“I have to learn when to take my shot and not take my shot,” Kazee said Wednesday. “When he was sliding, I was already in the air. I tried to lean over to the left and nicked him with my face mask. I apologized for the hit and everything.” 

Kazee was involved in another high-profile hit, when he  lowered his helmt to hit Jacksonville wide receiver Marqise Lee, who suffered a serious knee injury and is out for the season.

Kazee received a penalty, but was not fined for the hit on Lee.


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