49ers, Raiders Player Fined For Hits
NEW YORK (AP) – Two San Francisco 49ers players and two Oakland Raiders players were among eight NFL players fined Friday for violent hits or other excessive actions against opponents last Sunday.
49ers linebackers Manny Lawson and Ahmad Brooks were fined for hits on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton in the 49ers’ win at London.
Manny Lawson was docked $12,500 for roughing the passer, using his helmet to hit Orton in the chest. Lawson is a second offender, having been fined for unnecessary roughness last December.
Ahmad Brooks loses $10,000 for striking Orton in the head and neck area. It also was his second offense, the other coming last November.
Raiders guard Robert Gallery was fined $7,500 for a late hit on Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons. Rookie linebacker Rolando McClain was also hit with a $7,500 fine for grabbing Seahawks running back Justin Forsett by the helmet in an attempt to tackle him.
Meanwhile, Clemons was fined $7,500 for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. Clemons is is a three-time offender, with previous incidents in September and January last season when he was with the Eagles.
The NFL fined two New England Patriots on Friday for hits on Brett Favre.
Defensive tackle Myron Pryor was docked $7,500 for his hit that cut the Minnesota quarterback’s chin. Favre left the Vikings’ loss midway through the fourth quarter Sunday and needed 10 stitches in his chin.
Pryor was not penalized on the play, in which his helmet got under Favre’s facemask and cut Favre’s chin.
Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton was fined $7,500 for a roughing-the-passer penalty when he unnecessarily struck Favre in the head and neck area earlier in the game.
Tennessee defensive end Jason Babin was fined $20,000 for roughing San Diego QB Philip Rivers when he unnecessarily struck Rivers in the knee area. Babin had been fined by the league previously this season.
The league has cracked down on illegal hits and has promised suspensions for hits to the head or neck area of defenseless players. Since that crackdown nearly three weeks ago, no players have been suspended.
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