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Pollard, Jackson Fined $42K For Hits

Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard has been fined $42,000 for his hit Sunday onAndre Johnson that resulted in a concussion for the Houston Texans receiver.

Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson also was fined $42,000 for his hit in the same game on Titans receiver Kendall Wright, a source told ESPN.com’s Tania Ganguli, confirming multiple reports.

Pollard tweeted about his fine Wednesday morning, which was later confirmed by the NFL.

Pollard was fined for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head with his shoulder. A penalty wasn’t called on the play, in which Pollard turned his head to avoid a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Jackson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Wright.

The NFL doesn’t announce most fines until Friday. A source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Pollard will appeal the fine. Jackson also will appeal.

Since 2010 through Week 1 of this season, Pollard and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson had led the league in unnecessary roughness penalties (14), which played a part in the decision to fine Pollard.

Goldson received his 15th penalty in the Buccaneers’ Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints and was suspended one game. The ban was overturned on appeal, but the league fined Goldson $100,000.

On the play in which Pollard hit Johnson, the Texans receiver got his team to the Titans’ 2-yard line with a 21-yard catch, setting up an Arian Foster touchdown that along with Foster’s two-point conversion helped Houston make it 24-24 with less than two minutes remaining. The play was first ruled an incomplete pass, but Texans coach Gary Kubiak challenged and the call was overturned. Houston won in overtime.

It’s the second fine Pollard has received since joining the Titans. He was fined $10,000 for a late hit out of bounds in the team’s first preseason game, against the Washington Redskins.

The hard-hitting safety signed with the Titans this offseason after he was cut by theBaltimore Ravens.

He made headlines in June when he told The (Nashville) Tennessean that the Titans’ goal “is the Super Bowl, and our mission is to kill.” He was not punished by the NFL for the statement; however, a source told ESPN at the time that Pollard sufficiently explained to the league that he was not being literal and that he will be more careful in expressing himself publicly in the future.

Jackson on Sunday called his hit on Wright a “bang-bang play.”

“Who knows? They may not throw the flag, he may fumble. I gotta just keep playing as a defensive player. Some of the rules are against us, but I’ve got to keep playing.

“He’s on offense,” Jackson said. “We’re supposed to target him somewhere, aren’t we? It’s football. I don’t know what they want me to do.”

Story courtesy of ESPN.com

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Josina Anderson, Ed Werder and Adam Schefter and ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli contributed to this report.

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Posted by on Sep 18 2013. Filed under Sports.


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