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Study: Packers Relatively High in Fines, Low in Suspensions

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Study: Packers Relatively High in Fines, Low in Suspensions

The Green Bay Packers finished relatively high among NFL teams in fines and low in suspensions, according to a study released by SmartSeats.com this week, tracking all teams and players since 2002.

Tied for 11th in fines, the Packers nearly finished in the top third of the league with 40 fines totaling $490,197.

The NFL does not publish fine information and the article does not indicate where the information came from, whether it was compiled from media reports or it came from an inside source with the NFL.

Although they have a relatively high number of fines, there's only one NFL team that has had fewer suspensions over the same period of time (Buffalo Bills).

Because of Johnny Jolly's indefinite suspension that lasted 48 games, the length is inordinately high, but he remains one of just of four Packers players disciplined by the league. The others presumably are linebacker Mike Neal, Erik Walden and defensive back Brandon Underwood.

Underwood wasn't on the Packers roster at the time of suspension in 2011, although it stems from an incident while still under contract with the team.

Because the Packers were not obligated to pay Jolly during his suspension, wages lost from suspension were a league-low $188,882.

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If you look at the dollars on the fines the Packers finished 16th in the league. So either the league is taking it easy on Packers players OR their violations are not as egregious when they happen. I tend to think the latter. Most of the time, when a Packer has gotten fine I've shrugged.

What is interesting to me is that Seattle is WAY down on this list for the number of fines. Its probably a function of the strength of their defense being the DBs instead of the DL, but for a defense with such a reputation they would appear to be playing pretty clean. Maybe the sample size (since 2002) is just too large. I'd like to see sack numbers stacked up against the fines, because I'm betting ferocious hits on QBs bring the quantity and size of fines up big time.

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