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Polamalu Fined $15,000 For Horse Collar Tackle on Williams

It’s taken all of one week for the first fine to be handed down to a Steelers player, and the only shocker of it was that they didn’t find a reason to fine James Harrison.

Instead, it’s strong safety Troy Polamalu’s turn to open the pocket book, as the league has reportedly fined him $15,000 for making a horse-collar tackle in the Steelers’ 35-7 loss to the Ravens.

The tackle came late in the third quarter at the end of a 36-yard run by Ravens running back Ricky Williams. “It definitely wasn’t on purpose,” Polamalu said. “I’ve never intentionally tried to horse collar anybody.”

I’m sure based on how the league loves to go after the Steelers, this will be the first of many fines in the 2011 season.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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