NFL exploration means fines for Lewis and Clark

The NFL fined Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

Lewis refused to disclose how much the league docked him, but Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark was hit with a $40,000 fine for being a repeat offender with a hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in the game, won by Baltimore on Joe Flacco's late heroics.

"Yeah, I heard from the league and like I said they fined me whatever they was going to fine me," Lewis said. "The thing is you definitely respect them trying to protect player safety. At the same time, it won't change not one way I play this week no matter what the fine is. You can't stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. When the receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball. You never want to hurt nobody. I've been in this business too long. I just think once you start getting into these fines I don't know how they come up with the numbers most of the time."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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