Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Nick Perry said on Wednesday he has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his hit on Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, ESPN Milwaukee reported.
"(The NFL said) I led with the crown of my head. For that, I got fined," Perry told ESPN Milwaukee. "I've got to be more focused on making a play without the head."
The hit drew a penalty on Sunday that negated a fumble recovered by the Packers, who lost the game 30-27.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN on Tuesday, "When I saw it live it looked like it was a clean hit. I will tell you in my opinion and take it for what it is: I think the flag was thrown because of the way it looked. When (Luck) got hit his head snapped back so hard, I think it looked worse than it actually was. It was Nick Perry who weighs 270 pounds with a hit that was in the (allowed) zone, and I don't think if you look at the replay was with the crown of his helmet."