The NFL fined New York Jets reserve quarterback Matt Simms $7,875 for simulating a gun gesture during last Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants, multiple sources reported.
Simms made the gesture after throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ryan Spadola in the fourth quarter of the 24-21 overtime win. He was penalized on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The league is cracking down on taunting, including making similar gestures. A league rule set in 2012 states: "These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing."
Simms played the Jets' entire preseason finale Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles with Mark Sanchez out with a shoulder injury, Greg McElroy out with a knee injury, and the team did not want to risk injury to rookie Geno Smith by playing him with the second team.
Simms completed 33 of 44 passes for 285 yards in the 27-20 victory. That may help his case in trying to win the third-string job over McElroy.