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That raises the grand total of fines assessed to players for illegally striking Luck to a whopping $97,500, Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star reported.
Other fines from around the NFL on Friday:
» As if losing in overtime wasn't painful enough, Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was docked $25,000 for an illegal hit against the Dallas Cowboys. Ward's hit on Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree was deemed helmet-to-helmet. It also forced Ogletree into Browns cornerback Buster Skrine, and both players left the game with concussions, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.
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» The Jacksonville Jaguars also received a double dose of misfortune. After losing in overtime to the Houston Texans, Dawan Landry was slapped with a $21,000 fine. The Jaguars safety was busted for unnecessary roughness when he struck a defenseless Texans tight end, Garrett Graham, in the head and neck area.
» In yet another overtime thriller, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis struck a defenseless Tampa Bay Buccaneers player in the head and neck area, drawing a $21,000 fine. To make matters worse for Davis, the penalized play came on the Bucs' final drive in regulation. The penalty turned an 18-yard reception into a 33-yard play, and the Bucs went on to tie the game before winning in overtime. Tampa Bay didn't get off scot-free, however, as guard Ted Larsen was docked $7,875 for striking an opponent late.