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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Anthony Spencer not fined for Tom Brady hit

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Anthony Spencer was not fined for his second-quarter roughing the passer penalty on New England quarterback Tom Brady Sunday.

“It’s disappointing in the fact that they called it and you think maybe it wasn’t a penalty since you didn’t get fined for it,” Spencer said.

It was a pivotal play, however, because New England would have faced third and 9 from the Dallas 48. Instead the Patriots had first down from the Cowboys 33 and scored a touchdown five plays later. Brady was out of the pocket on the play but Spencer did not hit him flagrantly.

As he fell to the ground, Brady immediately looked to referee Walt Coleman for a flag.

“You’ve got to be pretty price when hitting him,” said Spencer, who received a $12,500 fine last year for a hit on Philadelphia’s Michael Vick. “You really just can’t think about it. You try not to hit him in the heard or try to go low. Getting contact is the most important thing.”

It is the second time a Cowboy was penalized in a game but not fined. Cornerback Alan Ball was fined for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Washington wide receiver Santana Moss.

“I’ll do the same thing over,” Spencer said if he is in a similar position. “It’s just the way I play. Once you try to do that you can’t be thinking too much. You’ve just got to react.”