Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians plans to appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for striking Bucs safety Andrew Adams on the helmet during Sunday's play-off win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The incident occurred near the Bucs sideline during the third quarter of the hosts' facile victory when they recovered a fumble by Eagles punt returner Jalen Reagor.

Arians pursued Adams to make sure he didn't pull other players off the pile, which would have drawn a penalty. However, Adams had already withdrawn from the scrum when Arians landed his blow.

"I've seen enough dumb things – you can’t pull guys out of a pile," he told reporters on Monday. "We just got a big play, great field position, and he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile, and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty."

The 69-year-old announced his intention to appeal the sanction but insisted that the incident wouldn't prove a distraction ahead of Sunday's divisional round encounter at home against the Los Angeles Rams.

"I'll appeal it," Arians Arians added. "It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good."

Fines collected by the league are donated to the NFL Foundation and used for charitable causes.