Buffalo Bills rookie Cody Ford’s fine for an illegal blindside hit was diminished to less than a quarter of its original amount, the offensive lineman tweeted Thursday.
Initially fined $28,075 for his hit on defender Jacob Martin during Buffalo’s AFC wild-card misfortune to the Houston Texans, Ford claimed the decision and won, gaining a new punishment of $4,211.
Both the penalty and its ensuing fine were met with close all universal analysis a month ago; the penalty slowed down a basic drive in overtime and knocked Buffalo out of field goal range. When the first fine was reported, fans began a GoFundMe campaign to assist Ford with paying the amount, raising $3,870 – which Ford said was given to charity.
The call was generally panned because the hit appeared to be agreeable by NFL standards; Ford didn’t launch into Martin, whose body gave off an impression of being confronting Ford’s direction at the hour of the effect. In any case, Ford was returning toward the line of scrimmage and started contact with his shoulder, drawing the penalty.
On third-and-9 in additional time against Houston on Jan. 4, Bills quarterback Josh Allen mixed 4 yards to the Texans’ 38-yard line to raise fourth down – which turned out to be third-and-24 after the 15-yard punishment on Ford. Buffalo failed to change over from that point, punted and eventually lost on a match dominating Texans field objective.
A second-balance pick of Oklahoma, Ford began 15 games at the right handle in 2019. In his tweet reporting the fine decrease Thursday, he repeated that he can’t help contradicting the punishment.
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