Friday, October 21, 2011
Polamalu, Hawk, Antonio Smith fined
NEW YORK --
Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was fined $10,000 Friday by the league for talking on a cell phone while in the bench area in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu was calling his wife to assure her he wasn't seriously injured. He sustained what the team called a "very mild" concussion and was removed from the game as a precaution.
Polamalu kept his helmet on save for a brief phone conversation with his wife. Possession of cell phones in the bench area during a game is prohibited beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game. Tomlin said it was a team doctor's phone that Polamalu used.
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 by the NFL for an obscene gesture during last week's win over St. Louis. Hawk gestured to the Packers' sideline after making a play and was caught by television cameras.
Teammates Clay Matthews, a linebacker, and Tramon Williams, a cornerback, were fined $5,000 each for wearing nonconforming shoes with their throwback uniforms against the Rams.
Houston DE Antonio Smith was docked $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. He pulled off Ravens guard Andre Gurode's helmet, and a brief altercation broke out afterward.
The biggest fine went to Bengals RB Cedric Peerman for an illegal blindside block on a special teams play against Indianapolis, costing him $20,000.
Redskins LB Brian Orakpo was fined $15,000 for roughing the passer with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Philadelphia's Michael Vick. Also nailed for $15,000 for the same infraction were San Francisco LB Aldon Smith, who struck Detroit's Matthew Stafford below the knee, and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams for hitting Chicago's Jay Cutler in the head/neck area.