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DeAndre Levy fined $15,750 for hit on Ryan Taylor


Thanksgiving Day wound up being costly for a quintet of NFC North players.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was docked $15,750 for striking Packers tight end Ryan Taylor in the head with his shoulder in Detroit's 40-10 thrashing of Green Bay.

Levy was furious about the hit that drew an unnecessary roughness flag by officials, telling the Detroit News this week: "It's a joke, man. The NFL's becoming a joke with some of these calls."

Other fine news from Rapoport:

» In the same game, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was docked $15,750 for unnecessarily striking a defenseless Lions player with his helmet.

» Matthews' teammate, cornerback Tramon Williams, is $26,250 lighter in the wallet for shoving an official after Lions running back Joique Bell scored a touchdown. Williams was also flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.

» Levy wasn't the only offending Lion, as both safety Glover Quin and wide receiver Kris Durham were docked $7,875 apiece. Quin was penalized for a late hit on Jordy Nelson as the Packers wide receiver was running out of bounds. Durham's fine came as a result of tugging Williams' facemask in hopes of tackling the cornerback following an interception. 

» Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was fined $15,750 for roughing Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in Atlanta's 34-31 overtime win Sunday over Buffalo.

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