Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin was fined $12,500 for his hit on defenseless Eagles tight end Brent Celek in the first quarter of Saturday's wild-card game, according to reports in Dallas.
Hamlin was assessed a personal foul penalty on the play. Celek said he did not see Hamlin coming and ended up with a swollen lower lip.
HONOR FOR DeSEAN
DeSean Jackson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl as both a wide receiver and kick returner, was named to The Sporting News' All-Pro team today as a punt returner. Voting was done by a panel of 636 players, coaches and executives.
Jackson led the league with an average of 15.2 yards per return.
Denver safety Brian Dawkins also was selected to the team.
The publication named Green Bay's Charles Woodson as its defensive player of the year. Saints safety Darren Sharper was second.
CHILDRESS GETS HIS CHANCE
Vikings coach Brad Childress gets the chance to do something his former boss could not do the last two weeks -- beat the Dallas Cowboys.
Childress, the Eagles' former offensive coordinator, said he had not yet spoken to Andy Reid about the Cowboys.
"I just know what it’s like at the end of the season, all the exit interviews and the things you’ve got to accomplish, so I’ll probably catch up with him a little bit later in the week," Childress said. "It’s all right there on tape for you to take a look at and right back-to-back, two weeks in a row.
Childress was asked about the similarities between the Vikings' offense and the Eagles' and what that might mean, given how well Dallas handled the Birds.
"You know even though it falls under the generic name of West Coast offense, everybody kind of has a little different personality," Childress said. "We’re a different personality really than the Eagles. I can see concept-wise what they were trying to attack and what they were trying to do and then conversely what Dallas did differently in the second game than in the first game. I don’t think it hurts, but we’re wired a little bit differently."