Peppers said he was informed of the fine in an email from the league on Wednesday night. The first-round pick said he stopped reading the letter when he saw the dollar amount.
Peppers delivered a hard blow to Malone’s chest area in the fourth quarter, but the official ruled that he made contact with the receiver’s helmet and assessed him a personal foul. Cincinnati scored a touchdown moments later to wrap up its 30-16 win.
Peppers feels he led with his shoulder and his hit was within the rules. He’s still unclear as to why Malone was considered a “defenseless” receiver as he appeared to be running with the ball.
Peppers plans to appeal the fine.