Wilson, Green, Cousin plan to appeal
Rookie safety Gibril Wilson and cornerback Terry Cousin were each fined $7,500 for helmet-to-helmet hits, and linebacker Barrett Green was docked $5,000 for hitting quarterback Jeff Garcia in the back with the crown of his helmet.
The players have 10 days to appeal the fines to commissioner Paul Tagliabue. All three said they would.
Wilson, who was making his first start last weekend, was called for a personal foul for his hit along the sidelines on receiver Quincy Morgan in the fourth quarter.
Green was penalized for roughing the passer in the second quarter. Cousin wasn't penalized for his fourth-quarter hit on Garcia, which came when he jumped to block a pass while blitzing. His helmet came in contact with Garcia's helmet and chest area as he came down.
"I don't understand how they are looking at it," said an incredulous Cousin, who had never been fined for an illegal hit. "I know they are trying to protect the quarterbacks, but what are you doing?
"My hands were off him and I was going for the ball," the four-year veteran said. "He threw the ball and I hit him in the chest. I didn't lead with my head. It's crazy."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn't agree with the fine on Wilson. The safety made a long run to the sidelines and delivered a big hit on Morgan just as Garcia's pass arrived.
"As I have stated before, I thought it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit," Coughlin said.
In its letter to Wilson, the league said he made a helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless receiver.
Wilson was stunned by the fine. However, he insists he will be as aggressive this weekend in Green Bay if the same type of play happens.
"I have to do what I know, and that's my job," said Wilson, who has two interceptions in the last two games.
When asked how he thought the league wanted him to play Morgan, Wilson had an idea.
"Just push him, or two-hand touch him," he said.
Green was blitzing when he hit Garcia during the 27-10 win.
"Right before I got to him, he let go of the ball," Green said. "I was within my one-step limit, no one can contest that. They had to find something to contest. I used my forehead to hit him, but what other part of my body was I supposed to use?"
Green used an expletive when asked what he thought of the fine.
"Basically, they want to make it an offensive game," he said.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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