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Lions’ Anquan Boldin fined for touchdown celebration

After matching his four touchdowns from last season in a Week 7 matchup with the Washington Redskins, Anquan Boldin threw the ball into the stands having virtually won the game with 16 ticks remaining. There was no penalty for the celebration on the ensuing kickoff, but the NFL has now dealt a $6,076 fine for the celebration.

In his first season in Detroit, it’s the first hitch the 36-year-old receiver has experienced since signing this one-year, $2.75 million contract after spending the past three years with the San Francisco 49ers.

This is Boldin’s first fine since 2014 when he was penalized $10,000 for head-butting Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson. It is also Boldin’s first career fine not related to a physical altercation as he had been fined five times for either late hits or unwarranted contact.

Through seven weeks, Boldin leads the Lions in catch percentage among players with over 40 targets. He has caught 32 of 41 targets for 272 yards acting as the team’s resident possession receiver averaging just 8.5 yards per reception. Boldin has also added four touchdowns and is now on track for his most since 2008 when he logged 11 scores with the Arizona Cardinals.

That’s large in part thanks to scoring a touchdown in each of the past couple of games. He caught a season-high eight passes for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. Both those performances have been pivotal for the Lions as they’re now riding a three-game winning streak with each win being by three points or fewer.

The Lions and Boldin now travel to Houston Texans to extend that winning streak Sunday.

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