Originally written on Blitzburgh Blog  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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-B- The NFL has issued Ryan Clark a $40,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Ed Bouchette reports that Clark is angry about the fine. Ben Roethlisberger also was upset, calling for the NFLPA to "do something" about the rash of fines. Here's the hit on Ed Dickson that is in question:[youtube]SlYZR1N6ya4[/youtube]Watching it live, I thought it was a good hit, but Clark did lead with the crown of his helmet and made direct helmet-to-helmet contact with the receiver. You can disagree with the current rules, but it was called correctly on the field. What is frustrating is watching Ray Lewis do the same thing to Hines Ward without the penalty being called. Helmet-to-helmet hits are a tricky thing to detect at full speed. A high shoulder-to-shoulder hit can often look bad. What if the ball carrier leads with his head and initiates contact? Hopefully the NFL provides some further clarification and the officials get more experienced at picking these o...
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