Von Miller's fine total rises

Von Miller is going to have to pay for losing his temper in a losing effort.

The NFL fined Miller, according to a league spokesman, $7,500 for unnecessary roughness in Denver’s 45-10 loss at New England in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday night.

Miller -- the No. 2 overall draft pick and a leading candidate for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award -- lost his cool after New England quarterback Tom Brady punted on third down late in the game. Miller shoved New England’s Dan Connolly seemingly without being provoked. That started a melee that spilled over to the New England sideline.

Miller was fined at least $47,500 in his rookie season. He was fined $25,000 for a November hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez just weeks after being fined $15,000 for a hit on Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer.