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Lions’ Kerry Hyder on $18K fine: ‘Bigger number than I’ve ever made’


Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder is on the bubble but by all accounts is something of a long shot to land on the team’s 53-man roster once final cuts wrap up over the weekend. Which is why he has been left extremely disappointed over staring down a $18,231 fine.

“You know, I was a little hurt,” Hyder told ESPN. “It’s definitely a bigger number than I’ve ever made myself, so I hope we can figure something out with that, because as you know I haven’t made an active roster or anything.

“So it’s tough for me.”

Hyder’s fine stems from a roughing the passer penalty he was assessed during an Aug. 18 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals when he hit quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Hyder is set to earn only $6,000 for four exhibition games, so the fine amounts to more than triple his entire income for a preseason’s worth of work.

The third-year pro went undrafted in 2014 and spent time on the New York Jets’ practice squad before catching on with the Lions in 2015. He spent the entirety of last season on the Lions’ practice squad before playing in the season finale, which earned him a paycheck that would have approached the amount of his fine.

Hyder does have recourse, though, as the collective bargaining agreement allows players to appeal the amount of a fine, basing any reduction on potential earnings.

Since Hyder, as noted, doesn’t seem a likely candidate to land on the Lions’ regular season roster, it appears he has a case. He said he will allow his agent to handle the appeal process.

And the way Hyder sees it, should his appeal be denied and he has to pay the full fine, it definitely comes with a silver lining.

“That means I made the 53-man roster, you know,” Hyder said. “Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise, so I’m just trying not to worry about it, and I’ll see what happens.”

On the other hand, Hyder recorded three sacks while starting at defensive end in Detroit’s 31-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Perhaps there’s hope for him after all.