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NFL fines two Titans for excessive hits against Chargers

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071214/SPORTS01/71214044/1002/SPORTS" target="_blank">Tennessean.com</a>

    By Jim Wyatt

    <img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071211/capt.2e0e887749ec4e2687cdaa9f109cc651.chargers_merriman_football_ny168.jpg" alt="San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman yells as he is introduced before an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in this Aug. 30, 2007 file photo, in San Diego. The star outside linebacker will miss San Diego's home game against Detroit because of a sprained ligament in his left knee that knocked him out of the Sunday, Dec. 10, 2007 game at Tennessee, which the Chargers won in overtime." align="left" height="244" width="198" />The NFL has sided with Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

    Titans center Kevin Mawae and tackle David Stewart have been fined by the NFL for what the league determined to be excessive hits from last Sunday's game against the Chargers, the big hit involving a block on Merriman.

    Mawae was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness because the league said he struck his opponent (Merriman) late on a pass play. Stewart was fined $12,500 for two unnecessary roughness penalties – for striking an opponent (Merriman) late on a pass play and shoving another opponent late on another pass play.

    Mawae and Stewart combined to block Merriman in the second quarter of Sunday's 23-17 win by the Chargers, knocking him out of the game with a knee injury.

    Merriman accused the players of hitting hit with a cheap shot, though neither player was flagged in the game.

    Mawae had not been made aware of the fine during the media's locker room availability today, and could not immediately be reached for comment. He defended himself and Stewart earlier in the week.

    "The game is a violent game and I understand guys can get hurt playing this game. Therefore I would never intentionally try to hurt somebody,'' Mawae said Wednesday. "I understand that (Merriman) thinks I took a cheap shot on him. But it is what it is. I'm sorry that he got hurt -- there was no intention by it. - If the NFL deems it a cheap shot I will pay whatever fine I have to pay."

    Merriman has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit with the injury.

    Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips was fined $7,500 for a horse collar tackle of Titans running back Chris Brown.

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