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Friday, October 7, 2011
NFL makes Redskins pay for hits on Rams

By Mike Sando

This wasn't what St. Louis Rams rookie Austin Pettis had in mind for making opponents pay during punt returns.

Pettis absorbed two brutal hits from the Washington Redskins while fielding punts in Week 4. The NFL responded by levying a $20,000 fine against Niles Paul and a $15,000 fine against Perry Riley. Paul's hit was helmet-to-helmet.

Both hits drew 15-yard penalties for unnecessary roughness. In both cases, the NFL ruled Pettis to have been a defenseless player under the circumstances.

The NFL levied another fine, this one against Redskins defensive lineman Rob Jackson, for a hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The league ruled Jackson had driven Bradford to the ground unnecessarily. That fine was for $15,000, bringing the total to $50,000 in known fines against Redskins players for this game.

Also in the NFC West, Seattle's Sidney Rice drew a $7,500 fine for making a throat-slash gesture, while Arizona's Patrick Peterson drew a $5,000 fine for roughing the kicker.

These were in addition to a $25,000 fine against San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis for two tripping penalties, and a $15,000 fine against the Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Babin for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.