Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims was fined $50,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness against the Titans for a hit on wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins on a pass play in the second quarter of the Oct. 24 game. No penalty was called on the play.
"Specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck his opponent, a defenseless receiver, in the head and neck area with his forearm," spokesman Jon Zimmer said in an email.
Sims was deemed a repeat offender by the league, having been fined for unnecessary roughness violations on Dec. 28, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2009, when he was a member of the Detroit Lions.
Zimmer said Sims was informed in a letter from Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, that “further offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension.”