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NFL fines Redskins’ Clark $22,050


Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark was fined $22,050 for striking an opponent too high, and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Tommy Kelly were fined $16,537 for illegal hits on quarterbacks.

Those reportedly were the most significant fines by the NFL on Friday for games last weekend.

Clark was punished for his hit on St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook in the first quarter Sunday. The hit drew a personal foul penalty.

Cook was checked for a concussion but returned and caught two touchdown passes.

Hali was docked for his low hit on Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton last week. Kelly was fined for roughing Kansas City QB Alex Smith.

Among other fines reported Friday:

–Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson was fined $12,500 for a late hit on Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers;

–New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore was fined $10,000 for hitting Tennessee QB Zach Mettenberger during an interception;

–Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $10,000 for a uniform violation (wearing white cleats);

–Carolina’s Brandon Williams and Kelvin Benjamin and New Orleans linebacker Curtis Lofton each were fined $8,268 for their part in the brawl in their game;

–Benjamin was assessed another $8,268 for unnecessary roughness unrelated to the fight;

–Redskins defensive lineman Frank Kearse was fined $8,268 for a facemask on Rams quarterback Shaun Hill.

One notable play that did not result in a fine was Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s roughing penalty for his violent hit on Tampa Bay’s Josh McCown after the quarterback had thrown the ball.

Suh has amassed many fines for such penalties in the past, but the league chose not to fine him for this one.

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