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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.

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3 Responses to “Ryan Clark waits for appeal decisions on both of his fines”
  1. randymarsh76 says: Nov 27, 2011 4:29 PM

    Dude leads with his head all day.

  2. righthereisay says: Nov 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    The $40K fine shouldn’t even be a penalty. The heads collided because, well, when 2 people are running as fast as they can and 1 person is falling down while you are in the air you cannot control exactly where you are hitting.

  3. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 27, 2011 6:42 PM

    And between the fact that players make a ridiculous amount of money and that fines are routinely reduced is why no one takes the fines seriously at all. And why they never learn anything from being fined.

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