NFL director of football operations Gene Washington issued the fines, citing the rule that says:
"Using any part of a player's helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/hairline? parts) or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily; although such violent or unnecessary use of the helmet is impermissible against any opponent, game officials will give special attention in administering this rule to protect those players who are in virtually defenseless postures."
Washington emphasized to both players that future infractions of this type can lead to increased disciplinary action up to and including a suspension.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press