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Roundup: NFL fines Giants' Phillips $20K, Ravens' Birk $5K

The NFL has fined New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips $20,000 for a hit on Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller.

Phillips was flagged for a hit on a defenseless Miller during the first quarter of the Seahawks' 36-25 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

It marked the second time this season that Phillips has been fined by the league for a hit. He was assessed with a $10,000 fine on the opening weekend of the season for unnecessarily striking Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis in the head and neck area. No penalty was called on that play.

Phillips hung up both letters from the league in his locker Wednesday, with the fine totals circled. He wrote "HELP!" at the bottom of the first letter and "PLEASE HELP" at the bottom the most recent one.

» The NFL also handed out a $5,000 fine to Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk for removing a microphone from his shoulder pads during a game against the New York Jets.

The NFL requires centers or offensive guards to wear microphones.

Birk said he tore off his microphone after it came loose and was jabbing his neck. He said because he couldn't reach it, "I just took it off."

Birk said he will appeal the fine, partly because he didn't know he couldn't remove the mike. He called it a "misunderstanding."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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