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Vikings safety Sharper fined $15K for bumping referee

Updated: November 24, 2006, 5:59 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings free safety Darren Sharper was fined $15,000 on Friday for bumping into an official during last week's loss at Miami.

A league spokesman said the fine was for "impermissable physical contact with a game official. Specifically while pursuing a pass play, he ran directly toward the game official and shoved him to the ground."

The play happened during the third quarter of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Dolphins.

Sharper was surprised ...

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