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The NFL levied a $43,709 fine on Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown this weekend for a block during his team’s Week 11 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

St. Brown was fined for what was deemed an illegal block against Bears safety Jaquen Brisker in the first quarter of the Lions’ 31-26 win at Ford Field in Detroit. The NFL penalized St. Brown for lowering his helmet to initiate contact.

The Lions wideout is in the third year of his four-year, $4.27M contract he signed in 2021.

St. Brown has been the Lions’ clear top receiving threat this season. The third-year pro leads the team in targets (109), receptions (82), and receiving yards (993). He is also tied with tight end Sam LaPorta for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with five despite St. Brown playing one less game.

The NFL has made it a point of emphasis to penalize players for initiating contact with their helmets. St. Brown isn’t the only player this season “hurting” from the huge fines the NFL is dishing out over the infraction.

“The whole time I was staying in shape, I was catching. I was doing those things to where when I get back I’ll be ready,” Williams said. “I guess that happened. I’m ready for it now. I just have to tune up some small little things and I’ll be ready to go.”

He was not allowed any contact with the team during the suspension, but he caught 100 balls a day using a JUGS machine at his home. He also worked out twice a day. He said his worst day was watching his team open the season at Kansas City while he was at home.

Williams doesn’t expect it will take much time to get back in sync with quarterback Jared Goff.

“We had time at camp. We just had some time today. After practice we did stuff, whatever he thinks is good, we need,” Williams said. “So I don’t think it will take a lot of time. It will be good work when we get going.”

Goff agreed.

“It’s just getting him reps. Whenever you’re off for that long you just need reps to get back into it, feel the speed of it, run some plays and be on the field with all of us,” Goff said.

Williams injured a hamstring in an Aug. 17 practice, which sidelined him until his suspension started. He says the hamstring is fine now. He played in one preseason game in August, catching two passes for 36 yards.

“It’s just about polishing all the little things and we also know if he does play, he can’t play 60 plays,” coach Dan Campbell said. “That’s not smart, so we can’t do that to him. So, we’ll see where it goes and it’s all about improvement. No different than the rest of the team, man.”

Campbell’s expectations are straightforward.

“I’m not looking for yards, I’m not looking for explosives, I’m not looking for touchdowns. Man, just be a reliable receiver like any of those guys in the room. That’s it,” Campbell said.

Williams, a first-round pick in 2022, was limited to six games as a rookie due to injury. His only reception went for a 41-yard touchdown. He also had a 40-yard run on a reverse, his only carry.

NOTES: CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring) practiced Tuesday and could make his season debut Sunday. “He’s another guy we’d like to see if we can get him going this week,” Campbell said. … G Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) and S Kerby Joseph (hip) returned to practice Tuesday. Both were inactive the previous two games. … WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (toe) and FB Jason Cabinda (knee) worked with trainers on the sideline. … DB Brian Branch (ankle) did not practice. … The NFL moved the Lions’ game at Tampa Bay on Sunday, Oct. 15 to a 4:25 p.m. start time. Kickoff was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.




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