Bad call by NFL on Troy Polamalu fine

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
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The NFL wasn't technically in the wrong for fining Troy Polamalu. He violated league policy by using a cellphone on the sideline.

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Where the league made the bad call was on the amount. Polamalu was fined $10,000 for calling his wife to let her know he was fine after suffering a concussion.

Let's put this in perspective. Polamalu was fined the same amount as Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, who flashed the middle finger at his team's bench. Polamalu was fined more than Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, who has to pay $7,500 for pulling off the helmet of Ravens guard Andre Gurode. And Polamalu was fined more than Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who has to pay $7,500 for a chop block.

Some could argue Polamalu shouldn't be fined. But there's no reasoning behind fining Polamalu more than Smith and Pettigrew.

Polamalu was calling his wife, who was worried about his safety. Smith and Pettigrew were in violation of player safety.

Polamalu is going to play Sunday after he passed concussion tests. But it's clear the NFL discipline police fanned on this one.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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