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Bengals' Vontaze Burfict fined $21K for helmet hit

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $21,000 US by the NFL on Friday for his hit Sunday on New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with the crown of his helmet.

Levelled Jets receiver Stephen Hill on Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $21,000 US by the NFL on Friday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $21,000 US by the NFL on Friday for his hit Sunday on New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with the crown of his helmet.

Burfict was called for a personal foul, his fifth of the season, in the Bengals' 49-9 rout.

New York wide receiver David Nelson was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. On a running play, he lowered a shoulder into Cincinnati's Adam "Pacman" Jones, and the two needed to be separated after the play.

Denver's Wesley Woodyard and Atlanta's Osi Umenyiora and William Moore were all fined $15,750 for roughing-the-passer hits.

The Broncos' Kevin Vickerson also was fined $7,875 for a late hit in that game.

Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate was docked $7,875 for taunting, a result of his unsportsmanlike penalty in the Seahawks' win over St. Louis on Monday night. Tate had an 80-yard catch in the second half that was capped by him mockingly waving at safety Rodney McLeod as he ran to the end zone.

Among others fined $7,875 by the NFL on Friday: Cleveland's Joe Haden (late hit out of bounds), Buffalo's Mario Williams (facemask) and Detroit's Joseph Fauria (unnecessary roughness).

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