T.J. Ward was trying to make a play. The NFL is going to make him pay. The AP reported, and Cleveland.com confirmed, that Browns S T.J. Ward will be fined $15,000 for his hit on Bengals WR Jordan Shipley during Sunday's 23-20 Browns win.â†µ
Ward knocked Shipley out on a shot in the endzone in the 4th quarter, leaving the rookie from Texas with a concussion.
Former NFL Head of Officiating Mike Pereira called Ward's hit "one of the worst" cheap shots he had seen in a while.â†µ
As for Ward, he says he was just trying to make a play, "The way it happened, I didn't really try to hit him with everything I had, but still it was a pretty violent hit. I wasn't trying to aim for his helmet in any way. I just hit what I saw. It all happened so fast."