Blue shoes net Lions' Stafford $5.7K fine
Allen Park — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford received a fine from the NFL for the cleats he wore during the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks Monday.
Stafford wore all blue cleats during the game while most other players wore shoes with a color scheme with some combination of black, white and pink. NFL players receive a $5,787 fine for their first offense of the league's uniform policy, and Stafford will appeal his fine.
Stafford said he wore the same cleats throughout the preseason. He also recalled that former Lions Ndamukong Suh and Reggie Bush wore the same shoes each game last season.
The NFL typically notifies and warns players that are in violation of the uniform policy before levying a fine, though Stafford seemed surprised by the fine while briefly discussing it Friday.
The league also fined Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy $10,000 for unnecessary roughness after he unnecessarily struck Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch in the head while Tulloch was on the ground. The officials did not call a penalty on the infraction that occurred late in the second quarter.