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The NFL Levies A Quarter Million Dollars In Fines

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Quarter Million Dollars in NFL FinesThe NFL is cracking down on unnecessary roughness. Giants Safety Kenny Phillips has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness, one of four New York Giants disciplined for their conduct in last Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.

Phillips, a repeat offender who also was fined last season, drew this fine for striking defenseless Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson on a pass play. No penalty flag was thrown.

Other Giants disciplined were running back Andre Brown, $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Brandon McDonald during an interception return; and offensive linemen David Baas and Kevin Boothe, fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness at the end of the game when the Buccaneers plowed into the line as quarterback Eli Manning was taking a knee.

Fined $21,000 were Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons for helmet-to-helmet contact with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez; Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo for hitting defenseless Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet in the head and neck; and Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy for the same offense against Chiefs tight end Kevin Boss.

Seattle receiver Golden Tate drew a $21,000 fine for an illegal blindside block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee. Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster’s hit on Domenik Hixon that resulted in a concussion for the Giants receiver — he missed Thursday night’s game at Carolina — cost Foster $21,000 for striking a defenseless player in the neck and head area.

Jets safety LaRon Landry said he will appeal his fine by the NFL of $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle against Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. Landry has three personal foul penalties in two games, and says he needs to be more “strategic,” especially on plays near the sideline. “I’m not trying to injure a guy, and not trying to play dirty,” Landry says. “I’m just trying to make a play.”

Redskin’s wide receiver Josh Morgan was hit for $7,875 for throwing the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The resulting 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty forced Washington to try a 62-yard field goal in a one-point loss.  Also from that game, Washington linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle of receiver Danny Amendola, and Rams rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins got the same amount for unnecessary roughness against tight end Fred Davis.

Also fined $15,750 was Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson for his late hit on Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer. New England safety Steve Gregory was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Cardinals tight end Todd Heap.

After years of trying to convince these professional athletes that the possible career ending hits are not ethical, the NFL is now attempting to get their attention through their pocketbooks.

Only time will tell if these guys get the message.

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