Buccaneers Ted Larsen fined $7,875 for late hit

Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

A late hit against the Panthers cost the Bucs center some cash.

The NFL fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ted Larsen $7,875 for a late hit on Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards last weekend. Larsen made the hit in defense of quarterback Josh Freeman and drew a personal foul penalty, which is an automatic fine.

Freeman had been pressured by Edwards and threw an interception; Edwards ended up lying on top of Freeman and wasn't allowing the quarterback to get up. That's when Larsen decided to step in.

"You can’t do that," Larsen said. "You’ve just got to protect your quarterback all the time. You see your quarterback down there, obviously he can’t get up, getting mugged. You’ve got to get him off."

Larsen has appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay this season and made seven starts. The third-year pro has started a total of 21 games for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay returns to the field in Week 12 for a game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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