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Each week, we will try to tally the fines and suspensions imposed for on-field conduct this year. The NFL does not officially report this information; usually a team beat reporter will confirm with the league, so it is a patchwork effort to produce this list.

  • Steelers cornerback Troy Polamalu, fined $15,000, horse-collar tackle
  • Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, $15,000, headbutting an opponent. This lead to the brawl that flattened referee Tony Corrente to the turf.
  • Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, $15,000, horse-collar tackle
  • Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, $10,000, throwing a punch. Obviously, this was not seen by Clete Blakeman’s crew, because Woodson should have been ejected.
  • 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, $7,500, roughing the passer
  • Giants safety Antrel Rolle, $20,000, spearing
  • Giants safety Kenny Phillips, $10,000, striking head or neck area (was not penalized during the game).

Current tally: 7 fines, $92,500.

NFL establishes 25-for-fighting standard: minimum fine, no benching for slugfest

Street brawls and cheap shots are about to become a bit more common in the NFL. After banging each other under the hood, the NFL opted to fine habitual offender Cortland Finnegan of the Titans and repeat offender Andre Johnson $25,000 each — the league minimum for a second offense . Neither player will sit…

Finnegan, Johnson ejected, face suspension for violent on-field brawl

Week 12: Titans at Texans Rarely do any fistfights in football inflict damage on the combatants. However, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Texans receiver Andre Johnson found a way around that and had perhaps the most violent tête à tête in the NFL in the color television era. Undoubtedly the NFL will not provide the…

3 confusing calls in Sunday night game

Week 14: Eagles at Giants We have three calls for analysis—all three called correctly—from the Eagles–Giants game that will likely end up on this week’s “Official Review.” View the highlights of the game in addition to our analysis: McNabb incomplete or fumble? On a second-and-10 from the Eagles 42, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is hit…

Foul at end of half administered correctly, automatically declined, even if unfair

Week 13: Cowboys at Giants On the final play of the second quarter, the Cowboys were short on a 57-yard field goal attempt. While the Giants tried to advance the missed kick, the play was whistled dead. After the play was clearly over, Cowboys lineman Flozell Adams dealt a cheap shot to Justin Tuck (update:…