PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $25,000 Tuesday for his penalized hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, bringing his fine total this season to $125,000.
Harrison drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Fitzpatrick helmet-first during Pittsburgh's 19-16 overtime victory Sunday. "Specifically he made helmet contact to the chest of the Buffalo quarterback, who was in a defenseless position," the NFL said.
The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker previously was fined $75,000 for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, $20,000 for a helmet-to-the-back hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees and $5,000 for a hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young.
More steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday against Baltimore in a game for first place in the AFC North.
bills: Guard Marc Dile and defensive back Trae Williams, ex-USF players, were signed to the practice squad. The Bucs released both before the season.
cardinals: Taking exception to repeated questions about why he was laughing on the sideline late in Monday's 27-6 loss to San Francisco, quarterback Derek Anderson went on a profanity-laced tirade during a postgame news conference before walking out. "You think I was laughing about something?" Anderson said, his voice getting louder. "I take this serious! Real serious! I put my heart and soul into this every single week!" Late in the loss, TV cameras showed Anderson laughing with guard Deuce Lutui on the sideline. When initially asked about it, Anderson said Lutui had told him something to keep them positive. Anderson calmly answered a question about a different topic, then started to lose his temper as the reporter asked again about the laughing. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wasn't going to read much "into a couple of seconds … you see on video."
Eagles: Receiver DeSean Jackson said he and his teammates are "on to the next game" and downplayed speculation he is unhappy with coach Andy Reid, his teammates or his diminished role. Jackson, on pace for the fewest catches in his three seasons, was visibly upset after Sunday's 31-26 loss in Chicago, in which he had two catches for 26 yards. Reports indicated Reid singled out Jackson in the locker room for criticism of his game preparations. Reid hasn't confirmed or denied that.
49ers: Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured right hip sustained Monday vs. the Cardinals.
Saints: Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year for his Super Bowl win and charity work.
Labor update: If games are canceled next season because of a lockout, people with individual game tickets can get a refund or exchange them for future games, with restrictions, the league said. Each team will determine its refund policy for club seats, suites and personal seat licenses. Season-ticket holders can receive a refund or credits toward future games.