Birk will appeal fine for removing microphone

Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk will appeal a $5,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for removing his microphone that centers or guards are required to wear.

"I will appeal," Birk told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "I understand the rules. It's clear now. The center is miked up for games. I've worn a microphone before. When I went out for warmups, the microphone came loose and was jabbing my neck. It was tucked in there pretty tight. I couldn't get it, so I just took it off. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to do that."

Birk said his sixth child is on the way and he will tell the NFL that he needs his money "for diapers and Cheerios."

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