Two Jags Fined for Cheap Shots Against Colts The out-of-control actions of two Jacksonville Jaguars defenders in last Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts will cost them some money out of their paychecks. The league this week fined defensive tackle John Henderson and middle linebacker Mike Peterson a total of $17,500 for excessive roughness penalties during an intense game in which the Jaguars clearly allowed their emotions to get the better of them. Head coach Jack Del Rio, who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second quarter, was not fined. It is believed, however, that Del Rio was reprimanded by the NFL. The call against Del Rio, which came when he challenged a catch by Marvin Harrison along the sideline, came on the same series as penalties against Peterson and Henderson. Peterson, a one-time Colts starter whose former teammates charged him with numerous cheap shots during the game, was fined $10,000 for a pair of incidents. The first came on a late hit against Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne following a 38-yard completion in the second quarter. The 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness, combined with the pass completion, moved the ball from the Indianapolis 48-yard line to the Jacksonville seven-yard line. On the ensuing play, Henderson was penalized for repeatedly shoving the helmet of Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn into the ground after a running play. The penalty advanced the ball to the Jaguars' three-yard line. Henderson was fined $7,500 for the play. The second incident involving Peterson occurred in the third quarter when he twisted the leg of tight end Bryan Fletcher. There was no penalty called on that play. Peterson, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2004 after playing with the Colts for the first four seasons of his career, said he will appeal the fines. It is not yet certain if Henderson will appeal. Peterson also suggested that the NFL demonstrated preference toward Indianapolis because Colts club president and general manger Bill Polian is a member of the influential competition committee. "It was like, 'Indianapolis comes to town, now all the fines come out.' I hate all these fines and how they're changing the league around." Peterson said. "You can't even play the game the way you want to play it now." ---------------------- My question is: Is the league getting too soft? I think these fines are appropriate. I think the protection the league is now giving QBs borders on flag football. Pretty soon, the QB will be wearing the red jersey during games.