Browns rookie safety Jabrill Peppers got a late Christmas gift this week. The fine he was assessed for his hit on Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone on November 26 was rescinded.

"Merry Christmas!" Peppers said as he walked away from the podium on Friday after he announced it.

Peppers drew a flag for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter on a third-and-5 pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to Malone. Peppers appeared to make contact with Malone's facemask along the sideline.

The penalty gave the Bengals a first down and they scored three plays later on an 11-yard run by running back Joe Mixon. That touchdown put Cincinnati up by two touchdowns and essentially iced the game.

Peppers was fined $24,309 per the league's fine schedule for the play. He appealed in a conference call with the NFL's appeals officer, former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks. Earlier this week, the Browns' manager of player engagement, Ron Brewer, informed Peppers that the fine had been rescinded.