State Football Roundup: Taylor fined for his illegal blockWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ tight end Ryan Taylor has been fined 21-thousand-dollars by the NFL for an illegal blindside block on Rashad Johnson of Arizona.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ tight end Ryan Taylor has been fined 21-thousand-dollars by the NFL for an illegal blindside block on Rashad Johnson of Arizona.
It happened during a punt return in the Packers’ 14-point win over the Cardinals 10 days ago. Johnson was close to tackling punt returner Randall Cobb – but he didn’t see Taylor drive hard from the left. Johnson was knocked to the turf, and he stayed there for a few minutes before walking off. The fine to Taylor represents almost five-percent of his base salary of $465,000 dollars this season. And it’s the biggest fine against a Packers’ player this season. Linebacker Nick Perry was fined 15-thousand-dollars for a hard hit on Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck in early October. Meanwhile, the Packers return to practice today, as they get ready to face the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. It’s the first of five NFC North contests for Green Bay in the final seven weeks of the regular season.
University of Wisconsin middle linebacker Chris Borland might be limited for Saturday’s home contest against undefeated Ohio State. The Badgers’ sack leader was hurt last weekend at Indiana – and coach Bret Bielema said after the game that it appeared to be cramps. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the junior Borland strained a right hamstring against the Hoosiers. And while he has a reputation of playing through injuries, the paper said Borland might not be at 100-percent against the Buckeyes. Bielema has made it clear that he will not rest players to help get them ready for their appearance in the Big Ten title game on December first. The Badgers will represent the Leaders’ Division in that game, even though they’re in third place behind Ohio State and Penn State – both of which are ineligible for the post-season. Bielema says the Badgers are still going for the division crown. But to get a share of it, they’ll have to beat both Ohio State and Penn State the next two weeks, and get another loss from the Buckeyes.