Falcons' Biermann fined $15K in latest wave of NFL sanctions

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Sixteen players, eight in each conference, were fined Friday by the NFL for illegal hits, including Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, each of whom was docked $15,000.

Biermann received the biggest fine for helmet-to-helmet contact on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in last Sunday's game because it was the lineman's third illegal hit this season. Jones was docked for the same infraction against Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Overall, seven players have been fined for roughing the passer and three for flagrant fouls on defenseless receivers, two points of emphasis by the league this season.

Other fines in the AFC:

» Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed: $10,000 for hitting New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the face.

» New England Patriots rookie cornerback Devin McCourty: $10,000 for unnecessary roughness. He struck Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless in the head and neck area.

» Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork: $5,000 for a major facemask. He grabbed the facemask of Packers running back Brandon Jackson during an attempted tackle.

» Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea: $10,000 for unnecessary roughness. He made helmet-to-helmet contact with Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas.

» Colts defensive end Robert Mathis: $10,000 for roughing the passer. He struck Jaguars quarterback David Garrard in the head and neck area.

» Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Demorrio Williams: $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. He struck St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson late on a pass play.

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» Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno: $5,000 for a major facemask during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

Other fines in the NFC:

» Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher: $10,000 for striking defenseless Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe in the neck and head area. It was Urlacher's second violation.

» Bears safety Major Wright: $10,000 for roughing the passer. He unnecessarily struck Vikings rookie quarterback Joe Webb in the head and neck area.

» Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams: $7,500 for roughing the passer. He unnecessarily struck Bears quarterback Jay Cutler late on a play.

» Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield: $7,500 for roughing the passer. He unnecessarily struck Cutler on a hit that split open the quarterback's chin.

» New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Goff: $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. He struck Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick late and out of bounds.

» Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson: $7,500 for unnecessary roughness on his horse-collar tackle of Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

» Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman: $5,000 for spearing Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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