NEW YORK — Turns out that was one costly towel toss for Travis Kelce.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday after he protested a non-call by mockingly chucking his towel toward an official and being ejected.
Kelce thought Jacksonville’s Prince Amukamara should have been called for pass interference in the end zone during the Chiefs’ 19-14 victory last Sunday. The tight end grabbed his towel and threw it at one of the officials. The official hurled his hat in response; another official tossed a penalty flag on Kelce, and the tight end was tossed from the game.
Chiefs teammate Daniel Sorensen was also fined $9,115 for a late hit out of bounds on Allen Robinson.
Cleveland center Cam Erving and Dallas defensive end David Irving were each docked $9,115 for their tussle in the Cowboys’ 35-10 win Sunday. Irving punched Erving before getting his helmet ripped off.
Miami’s Andre Branch, San Francisco’s Quinton Patton and Los Angeles’ William Hayes were all fined $18,231 for horse-collar tackles in their respective games.
Branch was called for a penalty after he took down Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter of the Dolphins’ 27-23 win. Also in that game, New York cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness, as was defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.
Patton’s penalty came when he tackled New Orleans linebacker Craig Robertson during an interception return that led to a touchdown in the Saints’ 41-23 win.
Hayes’ horse-collar tackle came in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 13-10 loss to Carolina.
Detroit’s Johnson Bademosi and Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery were both fined $9,115 for roughing-the-kicker penalties in their games.
Also docked $9,115 were San Diego’s D.J. Fluker and Dexter McCoil for unnecessary roughness infractions against Tennessee, and Seattle’s George Fant was fined $9,115 for a clipping penalty against Buffalo.