New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been fined $9,500 for his late hit on Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood during the Jets’ Week 1 loss to the Bills last Sunday, according to Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News.
Lee finished with 10 tackles and a sack in the game.
The 22-year-old, who played his college football at Ohio State University, was originally selected by New York in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He played in 13 games during his rookie campaign last season, making nine starts. Over that time, Lee registered 70 tackles and a sack.
The Chattanooga, Tenn., native played two years at Ohio State.
He made a huge impact during his first season there, racking up 80 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.
The following year, Lee continued to impress, finishing with 66 stops, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown.
The Jets are considered by many to be the worst team in the NFL this season. With a shoddy quarterback situation and limited talent on offense, New York should be in contention for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Last season, the Jets won just five games. New York has not made the playoffs since the 2010 campaign, when it lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Since then, the Jets have posted just one winning season, winning 10 games in 2015.
New York will head on the road to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.