Harrison Smith fined $21K for hit
The hefty fine sends a stern message to the first-round draft pick, who already has established a reputation as a hard-nosed, big hitter. Smith was penalized for the hit against Willie late in the third preseason game.
Smith was drafted out of Notre Dame to add some playmaking and a harder edge to the back end of the defense.
The Vikings have been searching for an intimidating presence at that position for years, and Smith gained a reputation for being willing to get physical even against teammates in practice during training camp while competing for a starting job.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
The NFL on ESPN.com