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Vikings Laquon Treadwell fined for helmet throw

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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings Laquon Treadwell cost the the team 15 yards and eventually a touchdown after he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Treadwell threw his helmet in frustration after Adam Thielen’s fumble in the second quarter. The fumble by Thielen was returned 54 yards, but Treadwell’s penalty moved the ball to the 18-yard line. The New Orleans Saints scored two plays later to take the lead 17-13.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that it wasn’t just the yardage that cost Treadwell, he now has to pay the NFL $13,369.

Treadwell said of the penalty and the eventual talk he had to have with coach Mike Zimmer, “Obviously, it was an emotional play. Coach said what a coach would say, ‘It’s not acceptable.’ And I know that. I got to do a better job of controlling my emotions and (can’t) hurt the team. So that’s part of growing in this league and part of being better as a player.’’