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Friday, December 10, 2010
Hits on NFC West QBs draw fines

By Mike Sando

The NFL has levied a $10,000 fine against Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Alan Branch for a helmet-to-helmet hit on St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in Week 13.

The fourth-quarter hit drew a penalty for roughing the passer. This was Branch's second infraction, according to the NFL. The other came during a 2009 exhibition game.

The league also fined Carolina Panthers' Charles Godfrey $7,500 for a horse collar tackle on Seattle's Justin Forsett. This was his third infraction for unnecessary roughness. The other two came last season.

Update: The league also fined the Panthers' Charles Johnson for a hit on Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Brian McIntyre notes. There was no flag on the play.