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NFL fines Giants safety Kenny Phillips, Pats linebacker Jerod Mayo for illegal hits

Giants safety Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 for a hit on Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The NFL fined Giants safety Kenny Phillips and New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo for illegal hits on Friday.

The league fined Phillips $30,000 for a hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson during the third quarter of the Giants victory on Sunday. Phillips was one of four Giants players fined for various infractions.

Mayo was fined $21,000 for a hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet, according to league office.

Phillips led with his shoulder pad on the hit on Jackson and was not penalized on the play.

“I peaked around," Phillips said. "Whenever you see a big hit, the flag usually comes out no matter if it was a legal hit or an illegal hit. The flag is going to come."
Mayo's fine was for striking a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area and Mayo also was not penalized on the play.

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