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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Will Wolford was fined $5,000 Thursday by the NFL for fighting with Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Taylor.

The former Buffalo Bill said he punched Taylor on Sunday because the lineman stuck his hands under his facemask and tried to scratch his eyes.

Taylor was flagged for illegal use of hands on the play, but the penalty was declined.

"Not only did he have it (his hand) in there, but he also started to rake and gouge," Wolford said. "So I just reacted and hit him."

Wolford isn't certain if he will appeal the fine.

"I'm just glad it was a good shot," Wolford said of his punch to Taylor's side. "Eight years ago, I probably would have tried to end his career for what he was trying to do on that play."


The NFL slapped Denver Broncos free safety Steve Atwater with a $5,000 fine for a helmet-first hit on Raiders tight end Rickey Dudley in Sunday's game at Oakland.

Corbin Lacina, another ex-Bill, joined the Carolina Panthers' growing list of injured players with a sprained left foot sustained late in Thursday's practice. Lacina, the starting right guard, left the field under his own power. An MRI exam showed no major damage, and he was listed as probable for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Rhett Hall will miss at least six weeks with a patella stress fracture in his left knee that could require surgery.

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