Panthers Player Fined for Hitting Out of Bounds on Return

Carolina defensive end Tyler Brayton was fined $15,000 by the for hitting Atlanta’s Chris Owens out of bounds in last week’s game. The fine was levied Friday, but not made public.

Also last Sunday, ’ strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, stuck out his knee and tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll. Alosi was suspended indefinitely by the team and fined $25,000.

Brayton was not available to speak after Carolina’s 19-12 win over Arizona on Sunday.

“We looked at it and addressed it with the team,” Coach John Fox said. “We don’t condone it. We don’t coach it. Anything other than that, you’ll have to ask Tyler. I was made aware that there was a fine involved. We don’t announce fines.”

Brayton hit Owens in the head after Owens was forced off the field. Fox Sports showed a video of the incident from Week 14. The grainy coaches’ film shows Brayton walking up from the bench area toward the field as Owens is engaged with a Carolina defender. Brayton then drops Owens with what appears to be an elbow to the head.

The run-up to the Jets’ incident was orchestrated.

At first, Alosi was suspended for the rest of the season, but then acknowledged he told five inactive players to stand next to one another for the punt return, during which he tripped Carroll.

Coach and the special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff have denied they ordered anyone to do what Alosi told the players.

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