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NFL fines Crowder, Light $15,000

The NFL has confirmed to Miami Herald collegue Jeff Darlington that Miami's Channing Crowder and New England's Matt Light have been fined $15,000 for their involvement in Sunday hair-pulling slap-fight.

Neither player will be suspended.

The fines are for the "verbal and physical altercation," suggesting that although Crowder did not participate in the actual volley of fists, there were mean words exchanged before Light began to pound on the back of Crowder's head and pull his dreds.

These fines solidify for me that the NFL has no structured plan for fining players.

Consider:

Joey Porter gets fined $20,000 for ripping the officiating following the Houston game but Channing Crowder and Matt Light get $15,000 for a fight in front of 67,000 people that has been replayed countless times on ESPN and other national TV outlets?

Vonnie Holliday gets docked $7,500 for a perfectly legal hit on Matt Cassel after the teams' first meeting this year but this ugly moment gets $15,000.

And does the NFL want us to believe that Light punching Crowder three times in the back of the head while the linebacker's helmet is off, then pulling his hair deserves the same fine as Crowder pushing Light and perhaps saying mean things about his mom or wife?

Anyway, on another matter, the Dolphins are already practice today. Jake Long was not in pads during the time the media is allowed to view what happens on the field. He did have his right ankle heavily taped. Best case scenario he'll walk-thru the drill today, which means he is limited at best.

The team has not added another player to the active roster which suggests Miami will ask either Ernest Wilford or practice squad player Anthony Armstrong to be active Sunday against St. Louis.

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