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NFL fines Polamalu $15,000 for horse-collar tackle

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By Scott Brown and Mark Kaboly
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

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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