Originally written on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 10/12/11

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on as blood drips from the bridge of his nose against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-13. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
According to a report by Adam Caplan of Sirius/XM Radio, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk was fined $5,000 by the NFL for refusing to wear an embedded microphone in his pads during the team's last game against the New York Jets. Pro Football Talk reported earlier this month that two offensive lineman per team would be required to wear microphones during games to provide audio for televised game broadcasts. Microphones had been placed on umpire's hats previously but when those officials moved their on-field positioning, the league needed a different way to get the ambient audio mix of the line of scrimmage. The NFL claims the mics are only active between the break of the huddle and the impact of offense and defense after the snap and that none of the audio can be isolated. That's great but, come on, we all saw "The Naked Gun" and know what can happen when someone forgets to flip off the microphone. How can you blame Birk and other offensive lineman for not wanting to have an eaves...
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