I watched every minute of the Eagles-Titans game on Oct. 24, but I don't recall thinking that Philadelphia linebacker Ernie Sims was going to receive a heavy fine for his collision with Tennessee wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins. But the league has levied a $50,000 fine against Sims.
A league spokesman told McLane that Sims was punished for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver in the neck and head area with his forearms." Apparently that was a type of hit that showed up on a video sent to all 32 teams recently. The amount seems somewhat excessive, but then, Sims is regarded as a repeat offender for two fines he received while playing for the Detroit Lions.
Sims served notice in training camp that he didn't mind crossing the line when it came to contact. He's a player who likes to intimidate opponents, but this heavy fine could alter his approach. It's not like Sims is one of the highest paid players in the league. In fact, he's now in a contract year for the Eagles.
I'm anxious to see what his reaction is to this stiff fine. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes through the appeals process.