Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/19/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Rookie safety Harrison Smith has added a physical edge to the Minnesota Vikings defense, but he's also gaining a reputation for some rough play.A league spokesman confirmed Friday that the NFL fined Smith 15,750 this week for a horse-collar tackle on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in last Sunday's 38-26 loss to the Redskins. It's the second time this season Smith has been fined by the league, though he did avoid a fine and suspension after pushing an official during Minnesota's Week 5 win against the Tennessee Titans.Smith, selected by the Vikings in the first round of the April draft, was chasing down Griffin, the Redskins' elusive rookie quarterback, and grabbed the back of Griffin's pads and jersey while trying to make a diving tackle. Smith was given a 15-yard penalty and Griffin ran for a seven-yard touchdown on the next play to give Washington a 24-9 lead early in the third quarter.Smith, 6-foot-2 and 214 pounds, also drew a 21,000 fine...
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