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Report: Broncos’ Stewart fined, Marshall facing fine for Cam Newton hits

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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is expected to be fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last Thursday, per ESPN. A source informed ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan that Broncos safety Darian Stewart already has been fined $18,231 by the NFL as well.

Ed Werder followed up by reporting via Twitter that an announcement regarding a fine levied on Marshall for his helmet-to-helmet hit should come soon, although his reporting indicates Stewart would face a larger fine.

Newton was subjected to several helmet-to-helmet shots, perhaps more than four, during the Panthers’ 21-20 loss to the Broncos in the season opener.

But only Stewart’s hit resulted in a penalty, although it was wiped out by an intentional grounding penalty on Newton.

There was public outcry following the game about the numerous shots to the head on Newton. The NFL responded, later indicating Marshall should have been flagged as well following a review by Dean Blandino, the league’s senior vice president of officiating, and his staff. Other criticisms levied at the NFL asked why Newton wasn’t examined for concussion on the sideline following the hits to the head.

The NFLPA also subsequently stated it was reviewing the situation as well.

Werder followed up his reporting on the fines by making the following observations.

Marshall, meanwhile, defended the play of the Broncos defense on Newton, proclaiming, “We’re not dirty.”

Nevertheless, expect the NFL to follow closely how game officials treat questionable hits, to not only Newton but all players, in Week 2’s slate of games.