Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu briefly scuffled with Ravens running back Ray Rice on Sunday. But that isn't what proved to be costly for the six-time Pro Bowler.
The NFL fined Polamalu $15,000 for making a horse-collar tackle in the Steelers' 35-7 loss to the Ravens, a league source said.
The tackle came late in the third quarter at the end of a 26-yard run by Ravens running back Ricky Williams.
"It definitely wasn't on purpose," Polamalu said. "I've never intentionally tried to horse collar anybody."
Fines for on-field conduct are handed out after the league reviews questionable plays. They can be appealed to a two-man panel appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
Polamalu yesterday would not discuss the fine.
"I'm not a big fan of people being really vocal about the fines," he said.
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