Friday, November 4, 2011
Steelers' Ryan Clark fined $15,000
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Four players were fined $15,000 each by the NFL on Wednesday for actions in last weekend's games.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined for unnecessary roughness. Clark hit Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski late and out of bounds during Pittsburgh's 25-17 victory over New England last Sunday.
Another safety, Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants, was docked for making a horse-collar tackle on Miami's Reggie Bush at the end of a 35-yard run in the second quarter. He was penalized on the play.
Rolle was fined $20,000 for spearing Washington tight end Fred Davis in the first game of the season.
San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith roughed quarterback Colt McCoy of Cleveland and it cost him $15,000. He struck McCoy in the head and neck area.
Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl got his $15,000 fine for unnecessary roughness against New Orleans. He was penalized 15 yards after running into punt returner Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter of St. Louis' 31-21 victory.
Also fined Friday was Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown for throwing a punch at Jacksonville linebacker Clint Session. He was cited for unnecessary roughness. Brown claimed he was trying to avoid falling when his left hand hit Session in the stomach, but was docked $7,500.
Session sacked quarterback Matt Schaub on the play and Schaub lost a fumble. Houston won the game 24-14.
Giants DT Linval Joseph was fined for a late hit after the team stopped Steve Slaton on a first-and-goal run from the New York 1. He also was penalized.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung and running back Kevin Faulk were fined $7,500 apiece for penalties in the loss to the Steelers.
Chung's fine was for unnecessary roughness, grabbing the opponent by the face mask in an attempt to tackle him. Chung was penalized on a fourth-quarter play in which he tackled receiver Antonio Brown on a 2-yard reception. It is Chung's second fine of the season.
Faulk's fine was for a fourth-quarter chop block. He was penalized on the play, a third-and-8 in which he was credited with a reception for minus-6 yards.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was used in this report.