This goes with what was previously reported in that while Rudolph was not suspended, he would receive a fine. Video tape of the incident clearly shows Rudolph played a role in escalating the confrontation. Not only did he grab Garrett’s helmet after being taken to the ground, he also charged the defensive end.
Garrett alleges that Rudolph used a racial slur during the melee. Rudolph has denied the accusation and the NFL investigated the claim and said they found no evidence the slur was used. Garrett still claims it happened.
A $50,000 fine is one of the largest handed down by the NFL for the season. Rudolph could have a case for appeal as players with no previous offenses usually get fines reduced if they exceed 25-percent of their weekly salary. Rudolph is making just under $39,000 per week.