Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart has been fined $18,231 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Week 1, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan on Wednesday.
Newton received several helmet-to-helmet blows during the Panthers’ season-opening 21-20 loss last Thursday. Only one — Stewart’s hit on the Panthers’ final drive of the game — drew a flag, but it was offset by an intentional grounding call against Newton.
On Sunday, a source told ESPN that another hit to Newton’s head — by Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall in the third quarter — should have resulted in a penalty.
Another source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Marshall also is expected to be issued a standard fine.
Several members of the Panthers and Newton’s father, Cecil, said that the reigning NFL MVP was treated unfairly by the officiating in the game.