Ryan Clark waits for appeal decisions on both of his fines

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As Steelers safety Ryan Clark prepares to face the Chiefs on Sunday night, he spent part of his bye week facing the appeal process for on-field fines.

Per a league source, a hearing was held this week regarding the $40,000 fine imposed on Clark for striking Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in the head/neck area at a time when Dickson was regarded as a defenseless player.

The appeal is being handled by Ted Cottrell, one of the two men appointed and compensated by the NFL and the NFLPA to handle these matters.

The reduction of a fine on appeal rarely makes headlines equivalent to the news of the imposition of the fine in the first place.  For those who regard the process as unfair, it’s important to keep in mind that the fines routinely are decreased.