The agent for Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor said they will appeal the player's $7500 fine for tackling Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre in the fourth quarter on Sunday's game. An NFL spokesman said today Pryor's fine was for "unnecessary roughness, specifically, on a pass play he unnecessarily struck the quarterback in the head and neck area."
Brian Levy, Pryor's agent, said in an email "we definitely plan on appealing the fine and trust that the system will offer him a fair hearing."
Many fans were perplexed as to why Pryor was fined for what appeared to be a legal hit; earlier this week former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, writing on FOXSports.com, called it a perfectly legal hit. Teammate Gary Guyton was fined the same amount for the same type of helmet-to-helmet hit on Favre the league has been trying to eliminate.