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Macho fined $7,500 for block

Safety Macho Harris was fined $7,500 for the block he laid on Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over Denver.

Macho fined $7,500 for block

Eagles Safety Macho Harris was fined for the block he laid on the Broncos´ Tony Scheffler  last Sunday (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)<br />
Eagles Safety Macho Harris was fined for the block he laid on the Broncos' Tony Scheffler last Sunday (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Safety Macho Harris was fined $7,500 for the block he laid on Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over Denver.

Harris said that he received notice from the NFL today.

"I didn't even read it," Harris said. "I just checked the amount. Hopfeully, I get to appeal it."

Harris was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, which came during an Asante Samuel interception. The personal foul was a turning point of sorts. The Eagles' led, 27-10, at the time and appeared to be well on their way to an easy win. But Samuel's 40-yard return was brought back by the penalty. The cornerback was also called for delay of game when he spiked the ball after his return and the Eagles offense had to start from their own 1-yard line.

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The Eagles had to punt and the Broncos scored the next 17 points to tie the game.

Apparently, the NFL thought that Harris' hit was too lethal or that it was aimed too high near the head. If you read between the lines, Eagles coach Andy Reid wasn't happy about the call.

"The [officials] said the receiver was at risk on that," Reid said after the game. "Let's move on."

Harris had a rough game. He fumbled a kick return which led to a Denver touchdown and was out of position on a few plays at safety. Many believed his block was legal, however.

"It's tough, but it's part of the game," Harris said. "Can't happen again, though."

In other Eagles-related news, Michael Vick is still recovering from a quad bruise and will likely be a limited participant in practice today, Reid said. Safety Quintin Demps is back practicing after an MRI revealed that his sore ankle was nothing more than a sprain.

Center Jamaal Jackson will have knee surgery next week. The operation will be performed by Dr. Robert Andrews. With Jackson out, Nick Cole takes over at center. Reid said today that Max Jean-Gilles will replace Cole at right guard.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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