Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  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)
Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for removing a microphone from his shoulder pads during his game against the New York Jets. The NFL requires centers or offensive guards to wear microphones. Birk plans to appeal the fine, saying that it was a "misunderstanding". Birk, who went to Harvard, said he didn't know he could remove the microphone.
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