Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie fined $21,000

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Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fined for a hit during Thursday's game against the Steelers. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness committed in last Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a league spokesman. The decision was made because the NFL believed Rodgers-Cromartie unnecessarily struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area.

 The hit occurred against Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich and drew a penalty flag on the play.

The NFL's minumum fine will increase by 5 percent for the 2012 league uear and each league year thereafter, according to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.

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