LANDOVER, Md. -- Linval Joseph left FedEx Field with a loss on Monday night. By the middle of the week he may be receiving a FedEx envelope for an even larger loss, this one financial.

The Giants' defensive tackle was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter after he stomped on Redskins center Will Montgomery during a pile-up of players going after a fumble. Joseph saw Montgomery dive onto the pile and was attempting to drag him off it by the leg when Montgomery, on his back, kicked Joseph first and hit him in the groin. Joseph appeared ready to stomp back with ferocity but pulled his kick just in time to avoid a truly damaging blow.

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"It was a challenge," Joseph said.

He did, however make contact with Montgomery. The league has come down hard on such plays in the past by other defensive linemen such as Albert Haynesworth and Ndamukong Suh, but Joseph has the argument that he clearly was defending himself.

"I don't think I deserve one, but it's not up to me," Joseph said of discipline handed down by the NFL. "I guess we'll see on Wednesday."