NFL Players Fined for On-Field Hits
Ryan Clark: $40,000
Clark was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens' tight end Ed Dickson in Week 9. Although Clark was called for a penalty after the hit, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin used the hit as an example of a good, clean hit during film review. Clark was also fined $15,000 for a hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski a week earlier. At the time, Clark told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was thankful for the league's concern. "They're really setting high standards for fair play," said Clark of the NFL. "They're also setting high standards for keeping players healthy, safe. And that's something we as players wanted implemented." Clark's fine is the highest for a player this season. Here are the other fines for hits in 2011, starting with the most recent.
Nick Fairley: $15,000
Fairley was fined for roughing the passer after he unnecessarily drove Bears quarterback Jay Cutler into the ground in Week 10.
D.J. Moore: $15,000
After an interception, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw Moore to the ground while Moore was blocking him in Week 10. Stafford was fined $7,500, but Moore was fined $15,000 for running head-first into Stafford in retaliation after the play was over.
Von Miller: $15,000
The Broncos pass rusher, a top candidate for defensive rookie of the year, was penalized for driving his helmet into Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in Week 9.
Ray Lewis: $20,000
Lewis was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward in Week 9. Ward left the game after the hit with concussion-like symptoms.
Ryan Clark: $15,000
Clark was fined after hitting New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski after the receiver had already been ruled out of bounds in Week 8.
Justin Smith: $15,000
Smith was fined for a hit against Colt McCoy in a 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. Smith reportedly struck the Browns quarterback in the "head and neck area," in the fourth quarter of their game. The infraction also drew a penalty at the time.
Chris Kemoeatu: $25,000
Kemoeatu was reportedly fined $25,000 for a pair of fouls against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette. Kemoeatu told the paper that he was fined $15,000 for a late hit and $10,000 for a hands-to-the face penalty.
Brian Robison: $20,000
Robison was flagged for a 15-yard penalty but not ejected from the game after he kicked Packers' guard T.J. Lang in the groin in Week 7. When determining a fine the NFL views punches and kicks in the same way.
Brian Orakpo: $15,000
Orakpo was fined for roughing the passer after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Philadelphia's Michael Vick in Week 6.
Aldon Smith: $15,000
Smith was penalized by the league for violating the "Tom Brady rule" after hitting Lion's quarterback Matthew Stafford below the knee in Week 6.
Kevin Willliams: $15,000
Williams was fined for a hit to Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler's neck area in Week 6.
Kenny Phillips: $20,000
Phillips was fined for hitting a defenseless receiver after his shot on Seahawks tight end Zach Miller in Week 5. He was fined $10,000 earlier this season for a hit on Redskins tight end Fred Davis.
Anthony Davis: $25,000
Davis was fined for two illegal tripping penalties against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.
Brandon Meriweather: $20,000
The Chicago safety was fined this season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers' wideout Steve Smith in Week 4. Last season he received a $40,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit when he was with the Patriots.
Niles Paul: $20,000
Paul was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit of a defenseless player, St. Louis Rams' rookie punt returner Austin Pettis in Week 4.
Perry Riley: $15,000
Riley was also fined for hitting Pettis in Week 4 when he was a defenseless punt returner, but his fine was not as steep because his illegal hit was not helmet-to-helmet.
Rob Jackson: $15,000
Jackson was the third Redskin fined for illegal hits against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4. The defensive lineman dilled quarterback Sam Bradford into the ground unnecessarily, according to the NFL.
Jason Babin: $15,000
Babin was fined for hitting 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in the neck area in Week 4. After finding out about the fine Babin tweeted, "Attn: Guy at the NFL that decides on who and how much players get fined Stop being a puppet, if you want to protect QB's, get better linemen."
Haloti Ngata: $15,000
The All-pro defensive lineman was fined for lowering his helmet into the back of New York Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 4.
Richard Seymour: $15,000
Seymour was fined for two infractions against the New England Patriots, his former team, in Week 4. The first was for unnecessarily driving Tom Brady to the ground and the second was a facemask penalty against BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
James Farrior: $15,000
Farrior was fined for roughing the passer after his hit on Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Kerry Collins in the third quarter in Week 3. It appeared that Farrior's hit caused Collins' concussion, although the 17-year veteran did not leave game until the fourth quarter.
Danieal Manning: $15,000
Manning was flagged for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck region when he tackled New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham during the Saints' winning touchdown drive in Week 3.
Erik Walden: $15,000
The Packers' linebacker was involved in a sack of Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler, along with linebacker Clay Matthews in Week 3. Walden was fined because his hit was higher than Matthews' and near the quarterback's head.
Jason Jones: $15,000
Jones' was flagged for roughing the passer after a late hit on Broncos' quarterback Kyle Orton in Week 3.
Dunta Robinson: $25,000
Robinson's second helmet-to-helmet hit in as many contests against the Philadelphia Eagles has made it even more difficult for him to shake his reputation as a dirty player. Last season his illegal hit on DeSean Jackson cost him $25,000 and both players left the game with concussions. This season he was fined $25,000 (originally $40,000) for a hit on Jeremy Maclin in Week 2.
Cullen Jenkins: $15,000
Jenkins' helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan in Week 2 didn't go unnoticed by the NFL.
Eric Weddle: $15,000
Weddle, the highest paid safety in the league, was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Week 2.
Andre Carter: $15,000
Carter can be added to the list of defensive linemen fined for roughing the passer. Carter was punished for hitting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the chest with his helmet in Week 2.
Antonio Garay: $15,000
The low blow (bottom of frame) on Tom Brady in Week 2 reminded some of Bernard Pollard's hit that ended Brady's 2008 season.
Raheem Brock: $15,000
Brock was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a below-the-knee hit that forced Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger to leave the game briefly in Week 2.
Derrick Morgan: $7,500
Morgan was flagged for unnecessary roughness and later fined after hitting Joe Flacco after the Ravens quarterback had already fallen on a fumble and been touched by one of Morgan's teammates in Week 2.
Brendon Ayanbadejo: $15,000
Ayanbadedjo was fined for a horse collar tackle on a kick return by Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in Week 1. The NFL's minimum fine for a horse collar tackle is $15,000.
Troy Polamalu: $15,000
Polamalu's horse collar tackle of Ravens' running back Ricky Williams made him one of three players fined in the Ravens-Steelers divisional clash in Week 1.
Ike Taylor: $15,000
Taylor's headbutt of Baltimore's Michael Oher started a brawl in the third quarter in Week 1.
Charles Woodson: $10,000
Woodson was lucky not to be ejected from the game after punching Saints' TE David Thomas in the season opener.
Ndamukong Suh: $20,000
Suh has now been fined in the past two preseasons for illegal hits on quarterbacks. Last year it was Cleveland's Jake Delhomme, and this time around it was Cincinnati rookie Andy Dalton.
Mike Lockley: $20,000
Lockley would not have had to pay the fine for an illegal preseason hit on Patriots receiver Taylor Price if he had been cut by Jacksonville, but instead the linebacker will pay the fine in weekly installments since he makes $5,700 a week as a member of the Jaguars' practice squad.
Winston Venable: $20,000
The Bears' safety was fined for an illegal preseason hit on Browns' wideout Demetrius Williams.
Brandon Jacobs: $20,000 <br> Muhammad Wilkerson: $10,000
Jacobs was fined $30,000 last year and got hit for another $20,000 in the preseason when he got into a fight with Muhammad Wilkerson of the Jets. Wilkerson was fined a lesser amount for his part in the skirmish.