Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis will find his wallet a bit lighter after this week. After being penalized for taking his helmet off after a fourth down stop in the Wild Card game, Davis is being fined. The NFL hit him for $12,875 after Davis removed his lid following a second quarter turnover on downs.

Davis has been the Bucs top cover corner for a couple years now. He missed seven games with a quad injury suffered in Week 4. But Davis returned in Week 13, and has now suited up for ten games this season. The fourth-year corner has 11 pass breakups and one interception this season. He dropped a pair of picks on Sunday, including one right before removing his helmet.

On Sunday against the Rams, the Bucs could have their full starting defense on the field for the first time this season. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul are listed as questionable. But Pierre-Paul is expected to play after missing practice this week for a personal matter. Murphy-Bunting’s status is uncertain after he missed last week with a hamstring injury.

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Eddie
Eddie
4 months ago

So according to NFL, taking off the helmet in the field of play is 3 times more serious than hitting someone on the head with a helmet. What does that tell you about NFL’s focus of players long term health.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
4 months ago

I was pretty livid when that dude hit Darden the way he did. That was text book penalty material, and nothing. Refs really let the Eagles get away with some stuff that they shouldn’t have. The difference in the two fines is absurd. Should be reveresed.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
4 months ago

This is really a chickens### penalty. I don’t understand what the big deal is about taking off a helmet.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
Reply to  Pete Wood
4 months ago

When you were six years old did your mama reply to your argument with something like “Because I said so!”? 👶🏼 🤣

gcolerick
gcolerick
4 months ago

BFD

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
4 months ago

To make things even worse, the NFL fined Donald just over $10k for his choking incident, his second of the year. I guess taking your helmet is worse than trying to choke another player. I’m surprised CD didn’t get suspended for it (/sarc). Donald should have been suspended for what he did but the NFL seems to be pushing for the Rams to make it. Let’s give them the letdown they deserve.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  BucHarbour
4 months ago

100% on all of it.

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

😂 So taking his own helmet off after an awesome play is a bigger fine than possibly turning Darden into the next Brown? The NFL commitee is a pile of turds.

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

The NFL never really misses an opportunity to remind u that they r a billion dollar for profit enterprise. Clearly, protect the shield at all cost. Sometimes this flies in the face of the talent who makes these wheels turn. In terms of rules and fouls, sometimes it defies logic as to why they have some of the penalties and fines and the manner in which they r imposed.

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

At least he didn’t take his jersey off and go all Brandi Chastain or well………you know.

Billy
Billy
Reply to  scubog
4 months ago

Lol Rapino
If there is a fine they are also basically saying they missed the penalty too.
Just get it right in game.
Side Note: IMO the winners of today’s games will play in the Super Bowl.
Repeat of last years teams aren’t even the media favorites even though they are both favored.
Keep doubting the Bucs. I love it. Bucs defense is the best D left in the playoffs.

Dman
Dman
4 months ago

King Rodger at his best I guess.

Jay Miller
Jay Miller
4 months ago

Really hard to Understand why choking and hitting an opponent is less punished than to take the friggin helmet off. I would be all in If the bucs would try ti defend their Player and refute this stupid judgement!

SufferingSince76
SufferingSince76
4 months ago

It’s a stupid rule.