Eagles defensive end Trent Cole was fined $5,000 for his facemask on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, an official from the NFL office in New York said today.
Cole was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play, which occurred just before the two-minute warning in the first half of the Eagles' 15-6 win over the Steelers Sunday. Flagrant facemask penalties often result in fines from the league and there was substantial evidence that the Eagles' defensive end held onto Roethlisberger's facemask far too long after grabbing it. Cole also was credited for a sack on the play.
Steelers defensive end Orpheus Roye, however, was not fined by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on running back Tony Hunt at the end of the Eagles' first offensive series. Hunt suffered a concussion on the play and was knocked out of the game. The play resulted in a fumble by the Eagles' fullback, which was recovered by the Steelers at their own 20-yard line. Referee Walt Anderson appeared to have botched the review process because Hunt's left knee was clearly down before he fumbled the football.
The league did not say why Roye was spared a fine on the hit.