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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Derrick Morgan fined $7,500 for late hit

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan says the NFL fined him $7,500 for a late hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and he plans to appeal for an action that was a split-second reaction.

Flacco had fumbled the ball in Sunday's 26-13 loss to Tennessee when he scrambled after it and fell on the ball.

Flacco was touched by a Tennessee teammate just before Morgan came in and hit Flacco. Officials flagged Morgan for unnecessary roughness for the late hit.

Morgan said Wednesday that even one of the Ravens' offensive linemen looked at the replay and called it a tough penalty.

The 26-13 win was the first game back for Morgan, a first-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2010. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth game of his rookie season. But he also had a sack against the Ravens.