Two Patriots fined $7,500 each for roughing Brett Favre
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- New England Patriots defensive lineman Myron Pryor wasn't flagged for the hit that knocked Brett Favre out of Sunday's game, but it did cost him a chunk of his paycheck.
The NFL fined Pryor $7,500 for the fourth-quarter blow that left Favre bleeding from his chin. Another Patriot, linebacker Gary Guyton, also was fined $7,500 for hitting Favre in the first quarter -- a hit that did draw a flag.
Both players were fined because they "unnecessarily struck the opposing quarterback in the head and neck area," a league spokesman said.
Guyton's hit was obvious -- he appeared to lead with his head and struck Favre in the helmet as the 41-year-old quarterback released a pass from outside the pocket.
It was less clear whether Pryor's helmet struck Favre's chin or if the initial contact to the 41-year-old quarterbacks' chest pushed his shoulder pads upward, opening the cut that required 10 stiches to close. Either way, Favre was done for the day, and the league determined Pryor must pay the price.