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Giants assessed fines stemming from hit on Vincent Jackson, kneel-down play



The fallout continues from Sunday’s highly-contested Bucs-Giants game.

The NFL came down on several Giants players, announcing today is has assessed a major fine for a brutal hit and two smaller fines for issues relating to the infamous kneel-down play.

The big one: The $30,000 fine handed down on safety Kenny Phillips, who launched himself into Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson in the third quarter of Sunday’s Giants win at MetLife Stadium.

A league spokesman said Phillips was fined for an act of unnecessary roughness during which he hit a defenseless player in the head and neck area.

Phillips was not flagged on the play, drawing the ire of the Bucs organization. Coach Greg Schiano said earlier this week the club would submit the call to the league office for review.

Regarding the kneel-down play, Giants linemen David Baas and Kevin Boothe were each fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. A league spokesman said Baas struck a Bucs player in the head area. He could be seen on the replay throwing punches after the play. Meanwhile, the league said Boothe struck an opponent in the neck. That would be defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who took a knee from Boothe.

No Bucs were fined because no policies were violated by contesting the Giants' kneeldown.

There was another fine assessed that had nothing to do with these matters: Running back Andre Brown was fined $15,750 for using a horse-collar tackle on cornerback Brandon McDonald's interception return.

[Last modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 8:04pm]


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