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Troy Polamalu: NFL Getting Stupider and Stupider With Their Fines

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sits on the sideline dejected while the Steelers play against the Houston Texans on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIOctober 23, 2011

This just in: The NFL is going way, way overboard with fines.

Commissioner Rodger Goodell has been stressing injury prevention heavily recently, and multiple fines for late hits and helmet-to-helmet hits have been issued over the past couple of seasons.

While many of these fines were reasonable and deserved, a few others have been seemingly unnecessary or overboard. Many times those decisions come down to opinion.

However, the fine Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu received for making a call on the sideline after getting a concussion proves that the fining has gone way too far.

According to the ESPN story, Polamalu was fined $10,000 for calling his wife on the sideline after receiving a mild concussion against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There is a rule against having cell phones on the sideline "beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game." However, head coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu's call was from a trainer's phone, and said he hoped he wouldn't get in trouble for it.

No such luck.

This fine is just the latest—and stupidest—fine the NFL has dished out over the past few months. All Polamalu did was inform his wife that he was OK, and if it was in fact a trainer's phone, I don't see what was wrong with that.

It's not like Polamalu is going to particularly miss $10,000, but it's the principle of the thing.

Another dumb one I can remember right off the top of my head is Redskins receiver Niles Paul's $20,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Austin Pettis.

Not only was Paul flagged for the hit, but the $20,000 dollars out of his comparatively small salary was an obscenely enormous fine. Heck, even Pettis himself thought the fine was ridiculous.

The fine on Paul isn't as bad as the one on Polamalu, however. Any time you get fined $10,000 for informing your spouse that you aren't seriously injured, there's something wrong.

The NFL is getting much too liberal with how their dishing out fines, and they need to start considering their true motives.

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