DENVER (AP) – The NFL fined Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan $20,000 on Friday for his criticism of the call that reversed Darrent Williams’ punt return for a touchdown last week against San Diego.

Officials called Denver for too many men on the field toward the end of Williams’ 61-yard punt return last Sunday after a few Broncos ran off the sideline to prepare for the extra point. None of the Broncos who ran onto the field were within 15 yards of the play.

“It was a horrible call. Horrible call,” Shanahan said Monday. “You wouldn’t see a lot of calls like that in high school.”

On Friday, Shanahan acknowledged he had been fined.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been fined,” Shanahan said jokingly. “That is pretty impressive.”

Williams said he had no response to his coach’s penalty.

“I won’t be helping Mike pay the fine,” he said.


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