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Friday, December 16, 2011
Carter fined 15K for hit, will appeal

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Veteran Patriots defensive end Andre Carter said today that he has been fined $15,000 for his roughing-the-passer penalty against Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman in last Sunday’s victory. Carter plans to appeal.

Carter explained that he was targeting the legal area to hit quarterbacks, and he surged toward Grossman when Grossman moved at the last moment. Referee Jeff Triplette flagged Carter, who was fighting off a block, for going low on Grossman.

“It’s so difficult, because you’re trying to play physical and fast,” Carter said Friday. “I can’t control the fact this player moved a certain way. That’s the frustrating part of it.”

Carter said players sometimes discuss among themselves how the NFL fines players.

“The rules keep on getting more tighter and tighter, to the point where it’s like ‘How can we play football? How can this game still be physical?’ It’s just getting so difficult,” Carter said.

Carter added that he's not concerned about his reputation. This is his second fine of the season.

"I’ve always been a clean player," he said. "The last thing I want to do is take out somebody’s knee. I’m just playing football.”