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$18K fine for Lions DT more than preseason pay

$18K fine for Lions DT more than preseason pay


Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder might have lost all of the money he has made during training camp because of one hit in a preseason game.

Hyder was fined $18,231 for roughing Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron in the third quarter of the Bengals’ 30-14 win over the Lions on Aug. 18, according to a source close to the situation.

That will likely end up being more than Hyder will make during training camp.

Because Hyder has yet to earn an accredited season in the NFL based on terms in the collective bargaining agreement, he is making $1,000 a week during Lions training camp.

Based on that, his fine is around three times as much as the sum he’ll earn for the roughly six weeks he has spent trying to make Detroit’s roster.

Hyder can appeal or ask for a reduced fine based on his expected salary this season and the fact he is a long shot to make the Lions’ roster.

The current CBA has a provision for this situation.

“On appeal, a player may assert, among other defenses, that any fine should be reduced because it is excessive when compared to the player’s expected earnings for the season in question,” the CBA states. “However, a fine may be reduced on this basis only if it exceeds 25 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a first offense, and 50 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a second offense.

The rule also says: “A player may also argue on appeal that the circumstances do not warrant his receiving a fine above the amount stated in the schedule of fines.”

Hyder’s agent, Rich Rosa, did not immediately return a message asking whether Hyder plans to appeal.

Hyder was on the New York Jets practice squad in the 2014 season and was with the Lions on their practice squad during 2015 before being signed for the final game of the 2016 season with Detroit, where he failed to record a tackle.

The 25-year-old Hyder is competing for a depth defensive tackle spot with Stefan Charles, Caraun Reid, Khyri Thornton, Gabe Wright and Louis Palmer.



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