November 4 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Ernie Sims was fined $50,000 on Wednesday for what the NFL deemed an illegal hit in the Titans game. However, the fine was not for the blow that many had speculated would draw the league’s attention.
The Eagles linebacker was fined for “unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver in the neck and head area with his forearms,” according to a statement from the NFL, when he hit Tennessee’s Lavelle Hawkins away from a play in the second quarter.
Earlier in the game, though, Sims appeared to be leading with his helmet when he dealt a sideline hit to running back Chris Johnson. Sims later said that Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel received the brunt of the hit, but it was not considered illegal by the NFL anyway.”
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