ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — They knew it. They knew it.
And unfortunately for the bank accounts of Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart, they got it.
Marshall, a Denver Broncos inside linebacker, and Stewart, the team's starting free safety, said Monday they expected to get fined by the NFL for their helmet strikes of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in the season opener last Thursday.
“Do I think I’ll get fined? Yeah,’’ Stewart said.
“Do I think deserve to be fined? No. At the end of the day, he had the ball like he was running.’’
Stewart is a former Gamecock who played the "Spur" position at USC, a hybrid linebacker/safety position.
He was penalized 15 yards for his hit that left Newton shaken with 36 seconds remaining, although because the quarterback was flagged for not getting his pass to the line of scrimmage, the infractions offset.
Stewart learned Wednesday he was fined $18,231.
Marshall’s blast on Newton appeared malicious, even if he said it wasn’t intentional. He launched his body with two feet and his helmet struck Newton’s helmet. Incredulously, Marshall wasn’t penalized.
He was Wednesday when he was fined $24,309 by the league. Marshall admitted Monday his blast of Newton didn’t look good.
“It didn’t,’’ Marshall said. “I don’t want to say too much because I know they’re going to fine me ... I’m going to talk to them.’’
Marshall and Stewart have said they will appeal their fines.
Two other Bronco players, Von Miller and Shaq Barrett, struck Newton in the helmet during Denver’s 21-20 win Thursday, although their hits appeared unintentional and neither player was fined.
Mike Klis, KUSA