Bengals TGIF: Green, Fines and Videotape

NFL personnel who evaluate thresholds for celebratory football toss velocity and distance were kept busy on Sunday.

There was no touchdown, and there was no harm done.

But, this is the NFL, where rules are rules.

As a result, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is reportedly out $5,787, not that he can't afford it, excuse the double negative.

Green caught what he thought was a touchdown pass in Cincinnati's overtime win against the Seahawks, then he threw the ball into the stands.

The touchdown was wiped out by penalty.

Throwing the football into the stands is an NFL no-no. League policy doesn't permit it because of fan safety issues.

There is virtually an endless number of scenarios that could result in someone getting hurt, and players are apprised of the rules before each season.

They know that they are going to get docked for rocketing a football into the crowd. With instant replay and endless video streaming on a variety of social media, everybody is going to get busted for thrusting a football into the throng, right?

The NFL's people who evaluate thresholds for celebratory toss velocity and distance did not comment.

The league winks at players who score then hand the football to a fan because apparently that's not going to put out an eye.

So, just to be clear, no one is getting fined for handing footballs to fans at NFL games.

It's not clear if under-handed tosses meet or exceed thresholds for triggering fines. Green might want to look into this, if he wants to hold onto his green.

The Pro-Bowler, you might recall, signed a four-year, $60,000,000 contract extension with the Bengals this year. It paid him a $15,000,000 signing bonus, $32,750,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $15,000,000, according to

Recently married, Green is earning a base salary of $11,750,000 this season, on top of a signing bonus of $15,000,000.

At the rate he's going, Green would have to throw nearly 2,600 footballs into the stands to wipe out his signing bonus. The NFL career touchdown record is 208 by Jerry Rice.

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