Sources have told me that Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has been fined $15,000 for his horse collar tackle of Ravens running back Ricky Williams this past Sunday. The play happened at the 4:14 mark of the 3rd quarter when Williams went off left guard for 13 yards. Polamalu was flagged 15-yards on the play.
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo also was flagged for a horse collar tackle on Antonio Brown earlier in the game during the kick-off following the Ravens first touchdown and there is no word yet that he has been fined for that play.
Polamula has been pretty vocal about the fine process over the last several years and said back in 2008, “It has more to do with money and not really with our safety.” Polamalu also weighed in last November on the fine process and said he thought that current players and team officials should be involved in deciding punishments instead of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and that the league has been opposed to it.
The Pittsburgh media are likely to get more reaction to his latest fine on Thursday before practice.