Texans' Pollard hit with second fine for unnecessary roughness

The NFL fined Houston Texans safety Bernard Pollard $40,000 for unnecessary roughness, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Friday.

The fine stemmed from a hit that Pollard delivered Sunday on Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Gage. The league ruled Pollard unnecessarily struck a defenseless player in the head area.

This isn't the first time the league has come down on the safety. Pollard was fined $5,000 for a Week 6 hit against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other NFL discipline news, Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges was fined $20,000 for unnecessary roughness. He hit Takeo Spikes after the San Francisco 49ers linebacker made an interception. It is Bridges' fifth infraction for unnecessary roughness since the start of the 2009 season.

Bridges' teammate, linebacker Clark Haggans, was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness. He struck a 49ers player in the head and neck area with his helmet during a third-quarter running play.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm was fined $5,000 for a major facemask. The infraction occurred Sunday against Atlanta return man Eric Weems and helped set up the Falcons' winning field goal.

Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher was fined $5,000 for violating the league's social media policy, according to an NFL spokesman. After leaving Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a sprained knee, Oher tweeted an injury update while the game was still in progress.

@MichaelOher quickly deleted the comment, but the NFL still took notice. Oher expected to be fined.

"I didn't realize it at the time," Oher said of the NFL's policy, according to The Baltimore Sun. "I was just letting mainly my family and friends know that I was OK. Letting them know that I was OK was way more important than getting a fine."

Players, coaches and football operations personnel can only use Twitter, Facebook and other social media up to 90 minutes before kickoff, and after the game following media interviews.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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