I'm pretty sure the NFL Collections Department might make an example out of Steelers safety Ryan Clark. Late in the third quarter, with Pittsburgh leading 23-10, Clark leveled a defenseless Wes Welker, who would stagger to the sidelines and not return to the game. In fairness, "defenseless" doesn't begin to describe what happened; it was about a bazillion times worse than that.
Clark was rightly flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, and there's a great chance he becomes the first player to incur a seven-figure fine*, courtesy of Commissar Goodell. That Clark was penalized for a similar transgression earlier this season against the the Jags' Matt Jones probably doesn't help his case.
* I'm kidding, but, frankly, it wouldn't surprise me, either.
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