(WIVB)–The NFL has fined Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cody Ford for a penalty that had a major effect on the team’s playoff loss to the Texans on January 4th.
Some Bills fans want to pick up the tab.
An illegal blindside blocking penalty was called on Ford in overtime, sending the Bills back 15 yards on 3rd down. The Bills would not convert on the next two downs and the Texans went on to kick the game-winning field goal on the ensuing drive.
Many Bills called foul after the flag and criticized the referee’s decision. One week later, the NFL is continuing to penalize Ford for the block. They have fined him $28,075, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
#Bills RT Cody Ford was fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness for the illegal blindside block that knocked his team out of field-goal range in overtime last week against the #Texans. They punted, Houston drove for a winning field goal … now a fine on top of it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2020
Since the announcement of the financial penalty, Bills fans have started a GoFundMe to pay for Ford’s fine. The 23-year-old offensive lineman says he’s appreciative of the gesture but won’t accept the funds. Ford says he will donate them to a local charity.