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Cell phone call is expensive for Polamalu

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was fined $10,000 Friday by the league for talking on a cell phone while in the bench area in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu was calling his wife to assure her he wasn't seriously injured. He sustained what the team called a "very mild" concussion and was removed from the game as a precaution.

Polamalu kept his helmet on save for a brief phone conversation with his wife. Possession of cell phones in the bench area during a game is prohibited beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game. Tomlin said it was a team doctor's phone that Polamalu used.

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 by the NFL for an obscene gesture during last week's win over St. Louis. Hawk gestured to the Packers' sideline after making a play and was caught by television cameras.

The biggest fine went to Bengals RB Cedric Peerman for an illegal blindside block on a special teams play against Indianapolis, costing him $20,000.


Kreutz calls it quits

METAIRIE, La. -- Center Olin Kreutz has told the New Orleans Saints that his playing days are over, informing the team that he has lost his passion for football.

"He has to feel really good about the passion he has got for the game and the love he has got for the game," his agent Mark Bartelstein said Friday. "He felt that slipping away and he's just not someone who can go to work every week and collect a paycheck."


Around the league

*Browns strongside linebacker Scott Fujita will miss this week's game against Seattle because of a concussion he sustained last week in a loss at Oakland. Fujita was sent home three straight days before practice because he was still bothered by post-concussion symptoms.

*Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame guard Gale Gillingham died at his home in Minnesota while lifting weights, his son said Friday. He was 67.

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