Cary Williams fined $15K for horse-collar tackle

Cary Williams fined $15K for horse-collar tackle
January 10, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Cary Williams' horse-collar tackle on Darren Sproles turned Sproles' 39-yard return into a 54-yarder with less than five minutes to play in the Eagles' playoff loss last weekend. (AP)

It cost the Eagles a crucial 15 yards, and now it's going to cost Cary Williams 15 grand.

A source confirmed to's Geoff Mosher on Friday that Williams has been fined $15,750 for his horse-collar on Darren Sproles late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints

Following the Eagles' go-ahead touchdown with just over five minutes to go, Sproles returned an Alex Henery kickoff 39 yards before being hauled down by Williams.

Williams was immediately flagged 15 yards for the horse collar, turning Sproles' 39-yard return into a 54-yard return.

The Saints took over at the Eagles' 48 and proceeded to kill the next four minutes and 54 seconds before kicking the game-winning field goal with no time left.

"I did whatever I could to get the guy down," Williams said after the game. “I’m the safety valve. That’s what I do, man. It was just me and him out there. I made the best decision I possibly could. I was just trying to get him down, whether it was horse collar or whatever. I didn’t want him to score and at least give our defense a chance to stop them.”