Cowboys' Anthony Spencer fined

Updated: December 15, 2010, 10:25 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- For weeks Philadelphia has been upset at the number of unnecessary hits quarterback Michael Vick has taken. The Eagles finally were heard.

Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer was fined $12,500 for his personal foul penalty on Vick in the second quarter of Sunday's 30-27 loss to Philadelphia at Cowboys Stadium.

Spencer was deemed to have hit Vick in the head area after the quarterback released a pass. Two plays later Vick was intercepted by Gerald Sensabaugh. Spencer was not fined for his hit on Vick near the sideline in the first quarter, which also drew the ire of the Eagles.

The fine represents nearly 30 percent of Spencer's weekly game check. He makes $43,588 per week with a $741,000 base salary.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Will Middleton was also fined Wednesday, $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell.

Middleton received notification from the NFL on Wednesday, three days after he sacked Campbell in the fourth quarter of a 38-31 victory. The hit caused a fumble that teammate Terrance Knighton returned for an apparent touchdown. It was nullified, though, because Middleton was flagged after his helmet hit Campbell's face mask. Campbell left the game with a stinger and a headache.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio says he's disappointed Middleton got fined, adding that "I almost think he ought to get a rebate."

Middleton accepts the fine and says, "It's just part of the game. It's what the official saw. It's not my call."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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