League hits Samuel with $40K fine

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel will make a $40,000 contribution to the NFL's charity of choice over the holidays. Samuel, who had two interceptions in a 27-17 win over the Giants on Sunday night, was fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York's Derek Hagan.

Samuel's one of the best ballhawks in the game, but he's been mostly allergic to contact during his career. But he leveled Hagan after a short catch and was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. Coach Andy Reid appeared to be upset with the call during the game, but he didn't want to comment on it afterward. In real-time, it looked like Samuel led with his shoulder, but replays showed that he initially made contact with his helmet.

With the league taking a stronger stance against helmet-to-helmet hits, Samuel may return to his former approach.