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Friday, January 3, 2014
DeMarco Murray fined $21,000

By Todd Archer
ESPN.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was given a parting gift by the NFL for a hit in the team's season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray was fined $21,000 for hitting Eagles defensive end Damion Square with the crown of his helmet.

Murray was fined $21,000 for leading with the crown of his helmet on Eagles defensive end Damion Square on a 10-yard catch Sunday. Murray was not penalized in the game, but that type of play had been a point of emphasis this season.

The Cowboys had eight players fined this season.

George Selvie ($15,750) and Orlando Scandrick ($21,000) were fined for hits in the loss to the Chicago Bears. Linebackers Bruce Carter ($15,750) and Ernie Sims ($7,875) were fined for plays against the New Orleans Saints.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 for a throat-slash gesture versus the St. Louis Rams. Cameron Lawrence was fined $21,000 for a blindside block against the Washington Redskins, and Barry Church was fined $5,250 for throwing a football into the stands in the season opener against the New York Giants.

In other NFL fines from Week 17:

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk and Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo were each docked $15,750 for hitting defenseless offensive players with the crowns of their helmets.

• Saints wide receivers Lance Moore and Kenny Stills were fined $7,875 for an illegal end zone celebration.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Jordan Poyer was docked $7,875 for grabbing a face mask.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.