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Hawk fined for obscene gesture; Polamalu for cell phone use

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday 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.

Teammates Clay Matthews, a linebacker, and Tramon Williams, a cornerback, were fined $5,000 each for wearing nonconforming shoes with their throwback uniforms against the Rams.

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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was hit for $10,000 for talking on a cell phone while in the bench area. Possession of cell phones in the bench area during a game is prohibited beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game.

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was docked $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. He pulled off Ravens guard Andre Gurode's helmet, and a brief altercation broke out afterward.

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

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was fined $15,000 for roughing the passer with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Philadelphia's Michael Vick. Also nailed for $15,000 for the same infraction were San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who struck Detroit's Matthew Stafford below the knee, and Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams for hitting Chicago's Jay Cutler in the head/neck area.

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