The fine is the standard amount for a first-time offense for hitting a defenseless player. The other options for fines on Joyner would have been a late hit, which would have cost $8,681, or roughing the passer at $17,363.
Joyner was flagged for the hit and numerous Vikings players and head coach Mike Zimmer were irate over the hit, which concussed Bridgewater. Several Vikings called it a “cheap shot” and Zimmer said there were a few hits from the Rams that he wasn’t pleased with, saying there probably would have been a fight if they were out on the street.
The quarterback practiced fully on Thursday but still hadn’t completely passed the NFL’s concussion protocol, but Zimmer sounded confident that Bridgewater would be good to play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.