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Friday, September 21, 2012
Phillips, Brown, Baas and Boothe fined

By Ohm Youngmisuk

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Some of the Giants really will not forget the Tampa Bay game anytime soon.

Safety Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. There was no penalty flag was thrown on the play.

Running back Andre Brown was docked $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Brandon McDonald during an interception return. Offensive linemen David Baas and Kevin Boothe each drew a $7,875 fine for unnecessary roughness on the controversial kneeldown play. Both retaliated when the Buccaneers rushed through the line as Eli Manning was taking a knee.

Baas "unnecessarily struck an opponent in the head area" while Boothe "struck an opponent in the neck area" according to the NFL.

Tampa Bay players were not disciplined for the kneeldown play. But Tampa linebacker Mason Foster was fined $21,000 for his hit on wide receiver Dominek Hixon, who suffered a concussion and missed Thursday's game with the head injury.

Phillips was fined several times last year for illegal hits.

"I was almost playing for free last year," Phillips said earlier this week of last year's fines. "I’m trying to avoid that again this year, but we’ll see. Most people I talk to, they say it was pretty clean [hit on Jackson]. But whenever it’s a big hit they usually try to fine you anyway."