The Bucs got a big win against the visiting Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, but linebacker Lavonte David drew a big fine in the season opener. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, David was fined $12,875 for taking off his helmet on the field and slamming it after almost picking off a Dak Prescott pass in the first half. David wasn’t flagged on the play, but the NFL office reviewed the play and issued a fine.

Had David not broken up the pass, it looked like safety Mike Edwards was going to pick it off near the goal line. David led the Bucs with 11 tackles in Week 1.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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toofamiliar17
1 month ago

We were very lucky the refs just didn’t make that call. The focus that’s been given to the non-OPI call on the big Godwin catch is funny. That was the right non-call, but the refs letting David off the hook there was an egregious missed call, and an undeniably easy one. It was a really stupid mistake for a veteran leader like Lavonte to make, especially being on a play where we’d just stopped them on 3rd down. Could’ve legitimately cost us the game.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  toofamiliar17
1 month ago

Agree completely. Bucs got lucky on this one. David messed up an easy pick and then could have easily extended the drive with the out of character boneheaded play.

fredster
1 month ago

He just got extended 2 years for 25 million. 12K is chump change to him. Lol.

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

Now it’s a tax deduction and he needs them.

drdneast
1 month ago

I remember that play and was shocked we didn’t get a penalty. David is a vet and should know better than that. He hasn’t made a bonehead play like that since the Jets game where he hit the QB going out of bounds which helped them keep the ball and kick the winning field goal. That was 10 years ago I think.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Let’s hope the boys are a bit more focused this week.

Horse
1 month ago

I was surprised he wasn’t flagged for that during the game. He has a lot of pride and I’m sure this won’t happen again.

surferdudes
1 month ago

I was holding my breath waiting for the flag, shocked when it didn’t come. I’m not sure about fining players for that. A targeting hit sure, but taking off your helmet should just be a penalty. Did the refs get fined for not throwing the flag?