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NFL notebook — Nov. 16

Associated Press Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali and New England LB Brandon Spikes were fined $25,000 each by the NFL on Friday for hits in recent games. Knighton was fined for making helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who was defenseless at the time. The hit came in Indianapolis’ victory Nov. 8 at Jacksonville and negated an interception by Aaron Ross. Hali was docked for striking Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich with his helmet. Spikes got a roughing-the-passer penalty on Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick that drew the fine. He hit Fitzpatrick with his helmet. The players later jawed at each other and after the Patriots’ win, Fitzpatrick called Spikes “a punk.” In all, 17 players drew fines Friday for their actions in Week 10 games. Oakland linebacker Aaron Curry was given two fines: $15,750 for striking Baltimore RB Ray Rice late, and $7,875 for unnecessary roughness on a special teams play. Raiders LB Phillip Wheeler was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness when he grabbed Rice by the face mask. Fined $21,000 were 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford last Sunday, and Minnesota linebacker Jasper Brinkley for a helmet hit on a defenseless Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. AFC players fined that amount were Broncos LB Von Miller for striking Carolina QB Cam Newton below the knee; and Colts defensive end Jerry Hughes for a late hit on Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert.

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