When Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior takes the field against the Houston Texans on Sunday, he'll do so with a wallet that's $15,000 lighter. Citing Farrior's agent, Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports the NFL fined Farrior that amount for a hard hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins last Sunday. Following the play, Collins left the game with a concussion.
Interestingly, the referees did not flag Farrior on the play. But with the NFL paying closer attention to late hits than ever before, even plays deemed legal in the context of an individual game are subject to review from the league office after the fact.
As Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot points out, Farrior joins Antonio Brown, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, and Doug Legursky as Steelers whom the NFL has fined thus far this season.
Farrior, now in his 10th season as a Steeler, ranks fourth on the team with nine tackles.