Dalton 'surprised' at how much Bostic was fined for illegal hit originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Andy Dalton is set to return as the Cowboys' starting quarterback Sunday against the Vikings, though before he moved forward with the rest of the season, he addressed Jon Bostic's hit that knocked him out for three weeks.
The Washington linebacker delivered an illegal hit on Dalton during a quarterback slide in a Week 7 win over Dallas. Dalton left the game, entered the concussion protocol and also had to fight a bout with COVID-19 before returning to the field.
Here's the full play where Dalton got injured.pic.twitter.com/9PRCscmPFY
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 25, 2020
Bostic was not suspended, but fined $12,000 for the play. When asked about it, Dalton didn't appear all that satisfied with the punishment.
"I was a little bit surprised by the number, but it is what it is," Dalton said, according to the Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken.
If Bostic had been suspended for a game, it would have cost him a game check ($56,000). He was instead assessed a penalty of roughly 21% of that amount and was permitted to play in Washington's next game.
"You never want to see anybody go down like that," Bostic said after the hit. "I thought he was going for it. I'd never want to intentionally take someone out."
The Cowboys went 0-3 in Dalton's absence, but because it's the NFC East, they remain in striking distance of a playoff spot as we continue down the stretch of the 2020 campaign.