Jags' Middleton fined $5K for helmet-to-helmet hit vs. Raiders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars defensive back Will Middleton has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell.

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Middleton received notification from the league Wednesday, three days after he sacked Campbell during the fourth quarter of a 38-31 victory. The hit caused a fumble that teammate Terrance Knighton returned for an apparent touchdown. It was nullified, though, because Middleton was flagged after his helmet hit Campbell's facemask.

Campbell left the game with a stinger and a headache.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said he's disappointed Middleton was fined, adding that "I almost think he ought to get a rebate." But Middleton accepted the fine and said: "It's just part of the game. It's what the official saw. It's not my call."

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