Babin: This is a Fine Predicament

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Eagles defensive end Jason Babin was fined $15,000 for his hit on 49ers QB Alex Smith. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

Jason Babin read his letter from the NFL to reporters gathered around his locker stall. It noted that he was penalized for roughing 49ers quarterback Alex Smith during the third quarter of last Sunday's game, and he was being fined $15,000 for making contact with Smith's "neck area."

"I guess they're trying to keep it as exact as possible, Kind of a weird spot," said Babin, who acknowledged he hadn't been aware the "neck area" was off limits.

Babin said he will appeal.

"I just get a little upset, because I guarantee you, if you were to take guys who played five years ago, ten years ago, put them on a panel, and be like, 'All right, watch these plays, do you think these are fineable offenses?' They'd be like, 'No, they should get bonsuses.' "

Babin said he didn't think his hit was late or malicious.

"The funny part was on that play, Trent Cole was high-lowed (by a blocking tandem). You could tell they game-planned it. How are they going to fine me when you see a coacxh and players gameplan to high-low the best pass rusher on our team?," Babin said. "He wasn't hurt, but he could have been. The running back comes to cut him, then the other guy comes to hit him high."

 Babin said he believes he is an irritant to the NFL, which wants to protect quarterbacks.

"I don't think they like the way I play at all. I'm pretty sure they get nervous every time. They now I'm throwiin', and if somebody gets hurt -- but that's what got me paid, that's what got me to where I am today, so I'm not gonna change," he said.

Babin leads the NFL with seven saks, the highest total any Eagle has ever recorded through four games.

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