Clark awaits word on possible fine
The NFL has yet to determine whether or not it will fine Steelers safety Ryan Clark for a hit on New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards and "probably won't have anything until Friday," according to a league spokesman.
Clark was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness midway through the third quarter Sunday. The infraction set up the Jets' only offensive touchdown in a 22-17 victory.
After reviewing the play, Clark believes he did nothing wrong and does not expect a fine from the league.
"No, I'm not, and I will be (ticked) off if I get it," Clark said. "It's Christmas, man. There is a picture of it in the hallway, so if I do get one I am going to hold up a picture to my face so the NFL can clearly see it."
Clark has been outspoken about the NFL's policy for fining players for what he said are normal football plays. Clark was vocal when teammate James Harrison was fined multiple times for what Clark believed were legal hits.
Clark was adamant that his hit was legal.
"I didn't hit him in the helmet," Clark said. "There wasn't any head-to-head contact. My arms are actually in front of me, and if I can't do that then I can't play football."
Clark appeared to have launched himself upward to try to dislodge the ball from a leaping Edwards when he was called for the foul.
Clark, who has yet to be fined this year, said he wouldn't change anything about how he hit Edwards if the situation would arise again.
"Ten out of 10 times I'll do the same thing," Clark said. "Running up and hugging him or waiting for him to get on the ground and jumping on his back is not going to give me the opportunity to dislodge the ball. That is what it is coming to now. Any hard hit and anything like that they are going to throw the flag and say it's not (a penalty) later."
Harrison has been fined four times for a total of $125,000, and LaMarr Woodley was docked $12,500 for a late hit on Tom Brady. Ike Taylor was fined for a preseason fight with Hakeem Nicks.
Clark believes that fine money shouldn't go to NFL charities, but should benefit the players.
"How about it goes to families and these kids who won't have insurance after the March deadline?" Clark said. "You want to take money and give it here and give it there, but how about us having no insurance• Families of five• Three kids• Put money there and take it when it is supposed to be taken."
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