Dominic Raiola could be facing some stiff discipline from the NFL after the Detroit Lions lineman was caught trying to injure yet another opponent.
In the third quarter of the Lions win over the Chicago Bears, Raiola was seen stomping on rookie defensive lineman Ego Ferguson’s ankle. Raiola somehow managed to avoid ejection for the play, but the Bears went on to score and took momentum from the Lions.
The play may have looked innocent at the time, but replays showed that Raiola slowed down as he ran toward the pile and then intentionally stomped on Ferguson’s ankle.
This is not the first time this year that Dominic Raiola has gotten himself in trouble on the field. On the final kneeldown of the Lions 34-9 loss to the Patriots, Raiola took a dive at the knees of the Patriots’ Zach Moore, then admitted his intentions afterward.
“I cut him. We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for six (a touchdown). They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It’s football. He wants to keep playing football, let’s play football. Not a big deal. It’s football.”
The league apparently thought it was big deal, however, and issued Raiola with a $10,000 fine.
Raiola also got in trouble in 2011 when he cursed at the Wisconsin marching band before a game.
There is already word that Dominic Raiola could be paying dearly for the indiscretion. Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, tweeted that Raiola will likely be looking at a big fine for the play.
Sizable fine coming for Dominic Raiola
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 21, 2014
Dominic Raiola could also be looking at a suspension of multiple games, which would mean he misses a postseason game for the Lions, who just clinched a playoff spot.