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Packers LB Matthews gets fines reduced

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said Thursday his Week 1 launch into San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which initially cost him a $15,000 fine, was cut in half to $7,500.

Matthews told ESPN.com that he also won the appeal of his Week 10 fine for hitting Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, with appeals officer Matt Birk wiping out a $15,750 fine which he had only asked to be reduced.

"It was funny because he said I think you're underselling yourself as far as my appeal," Matthews said. "He's like, 'I don't think you hit him with your head at all.' I thought I hit him legally, so $15,000 was way too much. And he said, 'Well, I don't think you really did anything, so we're going to take that away.' So that was a good day."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy had insisted Matthews was not a dirty player after he was penalized 15 yards for hitting Kaepernick out of bounds.
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