The Saints were exonerated in their NFL discipline appeal after Cameron Jordan was accused defensively of faking an injury, and now Jordan is questioning the league’s process on the matter.
Jordan won the appeal of his $50,000 fine and according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Saints defense coach Ryan Nielsen won the appeal of his $50,000 fine, head coach Dennis Allen won the appeal of his $100,000 fine and the Saints franchise won the appeal of his $350,000 fine.
Jordan told the Associated Press that the NFL reviewed his medical records during the appeals process, but that should have happened before the fines were imposed.
“There should be due process before they announce a fine,” Jordan said. “They announced they would fine me and my team a total of $50,000 pending appeal or even an investigation into the situation.”
The incident in question happened during the Saints’ loss to the Buccaneers in December. After the Buccaneers were stopped in third place, their offense seemed to rush to the line of scrimmage to try and make a quick try in fourth place. Jordan fell to the ground, causing an injury layoff, after which the Buccaneers made a punt. The league thought Jordan was faking.
But the Saints said when Jordan went to the sidelines, he immediately sought treatment from a coach for a foot injury, and that Jordan went to the team every day that week despite the players being off because the Saints were bye get his foot treated.