The Cleveland Browns have suspended kicker Michael Haney for one game and fined him $25,000 for punching a pregnant woman during an altercation on Sunday.
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino announced Monday that Haney was suspended indefinitely for the first two games of the season.
The suspension ends Browns’ hopes for Haney to make the playoffs.
Haney’s suspension was announced on Sunday at a press conference.
Hickey is a three-time All-Pro and an NFL record holder for field goals made in a season with seven.
He has made three field goals in the playoffs in three of his four NFL seasons.
Henny’s actions do not reflect the values of the Cleveland Browns organization, Blandino said in a statement.
Browns quarterback Cody Kessler also was fined $25 on Monday.
Kessler is the team’s all-time leader in field goals attempted with 1,735.
Kessler was penalized for a false start penalty in the fourth quarter of a 31-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and a hit on the helmet of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Mitchell.
Browns cornerback Tramon Williams was fined a total of $25 for an illegal hit to the head of an opponent during the second half of a 26-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was fined an additional $25.
The league has fined both Kessler and Kirkpatrick for illegal hits during the same game.
Huy, 28, was signed by the Browns in April as the team began the process of moving him to the active roster.
The Latest on the NFL Players’ strike action and the NFL’s response to it (all times local):4:20 p.m.
The NFL Players Association is trying to convince the NFL to strike while the players are in union negotiations, arguing that the players’ demands for better safety measures are a step too far and that it is not necessary to take a union strike while players are negotiating the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Pregnant woman’s outfit article NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and the union’s leadership have issued a letter urging NFL owners to immediately strike while negotiating the new CBA with the players.
In the letter, the union says it is “very disappointed” by the NFLPA’s efforts to “pursue union negotiations” while players in union talks are “unhappy” about their work.
“While our members have not yet reached a decision, our members believe that the NFL is not making the best decisions when it comes to safety at work and in our communities,” Smith said in a statement.
“They also believe that this lockout should not be extended.”
Smith said the union will “continue to fight for meaningful and comprehensive safety reforms that will help prevent injuries and protect the health of our players and our fans.”
“We also believe in the need for an agreement that includes a reduction in players’ union dues,” he added.
“The players have repeatedly said that they do not want union dues to increase in the future.”
Smith’s letter was first reported by ESPN.