The NFL fined Texans defensive end Antonio Smith $15,000 for an illegal hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
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Smith drew a penalty for hitting Ryan in the head. According to the Chronicle report, Smith will appeal the fine.
Other NFL fines reported Thursday:
» Dallas Cowboys fullback Shaun Chapas was fined $20,000 for a blindside hit on Arizona Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker during a punt return, according to the team's official website. Chapas, who's expected to appeal the fine, wasn't penalized on the play.
» Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson told WXYT-AM he was fined $7,500 for a facemask penalty against the New Orleans Saints, per The Detroit News.