By Phil Perry
The Chargers weren't penalized for an illegal hit on Tom Brady last Sunday, but Bolts' defensive tackle Antonio Garay was dealt a blow to his bank account.
Garay was fined 15,000 for hitting Tom Brady below the knee, according to ESPN.
In the third quarter of the Patriots' 35-21 victory over San Diego, Garay tackled Brady around Brady's left knee. The quarterback twisted to the ground and the way his knee bent in the wrong direction may have incurred flashbacks for fans who watched Brady go down with a season-ending ACL tear at the start of the 2008 season.
Brady got up and was fine, and he credited the brace wears on his knee for keeping him from enduring another potentially devastating injury.
"I'm glad I had a knee brace on," Brady said in his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "Those are scary when you've been through those ones before. He got me in a good spot and I'm glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before (his season-ending ACL injury in 2008) I have no idea and why every quarterback doesn't wear one on their left knee I have no idea. It's just so unprotected."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.