NFL fines Broncos’ Darian Stewart and Brandon Marshall for helmet-to-helmet hits


The Broncos’ Darian Stewart and Brandon Marshall are going to pay hefty fines for helmet-to-helmet hits they delivered on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Denver’s win Thursday.

Stewart’s hit is going to cost him a little more than $18,000, while Marshall will lose around $24,000, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan and Adam Schefter.

Newton sustained four helmet-to-helmet hits in the second half of Thursday’s game. Only Stewart’s was flagged as a penalty, but it didn’t net the Panthers any yards because of an intentional grounding penalty.

Newton looked like he was struggling by game’s end, and for good reason. Hopefully the officials can do a better job of protecting him going forward.