Houston Texans defensive end Jerry Hughes was fined by the NFL because his pants didn’t cover his knees in the season’s opening game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans parted ways with the Colts at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at NRG Stadium, but Hughes caught the eye of officials for all the wrong reasons.
Sharing a letter he received from the NFL on Twitter, the 34-year-old wrote: “Out here fighting for a W!!! But you guys want me to focus on my pants riding up. $5,000” accompanied by an angry face emoji.
The letter itself read: “Dear Jerry, During the Indianapolis Colts-Houston Texans game on September 11, 2022, you violated the NFL Uniform and Equipment Rules.
“In particular, your pants didn’t cover the knee area. Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3 Item (4) of the 2022 National Football League Official Rules of the Game states that trousers must be worn over the knee area; Pants shortened or rolled up are prohibited.
NFL uniform and equipment policies and the On Field program are communicated to players through playbook inserts, locker room posters and training camp videos.
“In accordance with the document entitled 2022 GAME-RELATED DISCIPLINE, which was among the playbook materials distributed to you earlier this season, the league fines you $5,305.”
There were some amusing responses to Ramsey’s tweet, including one user who said: “5k for an exposed KNEE? man, what are we really doing? God forbid it went up any further, you could be suspended for the year.’
Another responded to Hughes by saying: “Imagine the person who works for the NFL and does it for a living. What is your profession? I make sure NFL players don’t show their knees sparsely.
Hughes and the Texans will be back in action Sunday against the Denver Broncos.