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NFL doles out hefty fines after first week of the preseason

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The preseason is in full swing and the NFL has informed several players of fines for infractions that took place in the first week of preseason action.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports, five players were fined $15,750 apiece for illegal hits during the first week of the preseason. That group of players includes Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds, who was flagged for a late hit on New York Giants quarterback David Carr in the second quarter of last Saturday's game at Heinz Field.

Also on the list is San Diego Chargers guard Johnnie Troutman, who was flagged for an illegal peel-back block in the second quarter of a 31-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Troutman is one of several players on the bubble of an NFL roster to be receive a fine notice this week. Another player is Tennessee Titans rookie defensive end Nigel Nicholas, an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State who was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer last week. Fortunately for Nicholas, who received a $1,000 signing bonus from the Titans in May, and all players on the bubble, players are on the hook for the fines if they make the team's 53-man roster.

Other notable fines from Pelissero's report include Titans safety Bernard Pollard ($10,000), while Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield, Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and rookie safety Baccari Rambo, Miami Dolphins defensive back Jimmy Wilson and Dallas Cowboys safety Eric Frampton were fined $7,875 apiece for late hits or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

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