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Jets safety Smith fined $10K for hit during AFC title game

New York Jets safety Eric Smith refrained from commenting about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward last week for fear of being fined by the NFL.

The Jets then failed in their attempt to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969 -- and Smith ended up lighter in the wallet anyway.

The league fined Smith $10,000 for unnecessary roughness in the Jets' AFC Championship Game loss, the New York Daily Newsreported Friday.

Smith was fined for a hit on Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders early in the second quarter of last Sunday's game.

This isn't the first time Smith has been fined, and it isn't the most costly either. Back in 2008, the safety landed a $50,000 fine for a violent helmet-to-helmet collision with then-Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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