Falcons' Smith Fined $15K For Scuffle With Hall

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Two people familiar with the situation say Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for a sideline scuffle, while Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall avoided any punishment.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not officially commented on the situation. The NFL also fined Redskins safety LaRon Landry $7,500, Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth $5,000 and Falcons director of athletic performance Jeff Fish $2,500. Hall was not fined.

Smith acknowledged that he was fined when he came off the field after a Falcons practice on Thursday, though he didn't discuss the amount.

"I received a letter from the NFL office this morning," he said. "I want to reiterate that I'm always going to have my players' backs and I'm going to take care of them."

The trouble started after Landry delivered a late hit on quarterback Matt Ryan along the Atlanta sideline in Sunday's game. Landry and Ryan hopped up quickly and headed back to their huddles, but Hall jumped into the middle of things and was surrounded by opposing players, along with Smith and Fish.

Hall joined the Redskins last season after playing in Atlanta from 2004-07.


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