Winslow fined for hit that provoked Porter comments

Updated: December 16, 2006, 3:36 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |

Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for a late hit in the team's 27-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 7.

A Fine Mess
Kellen Winslow
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow wasn't the only player fined by the NFL this week. He had plenty of company:

• Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was fined $5,000 as a result of his roughing-the-passer penalty Monday. Specifically, Tinoisamoa was cited for hitting Rex Grossman at the knees.

• Rams strong safety Corey Chavous was fined $5,000 for a late hit.

• Rookie Bears defensive end Mark Anderson was fined $5,000 for striking St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger in the head on a sack.

Ironically, the fine is the result of the play that provoked Steelers linebacker Joey Porter into characterizing Winslow with a slur typically associated with a gay man. Porter this week was fined $10,000 by the league for comments which the NFL termed "vulgar and inexcusable."

The play in question occurred with 6:40 remaining in the Thursday night game at Heinz Field. On a first-and-10 from the Cleveland 48-yard line, quarterback Derek Anderson completed an 8-yard pass to tailback Reuben Droughns. After the whistle, Winslow hit Pittsburgh inside linebacker James Farrior and drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

The Cleveland possession culminated in a 45-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards.

Several Steelers players were incensed by Winslow's actions, none more so than the outspoken Porter, who charged the Browns' tight end with being "soft." Porter subsequently made the controversial comments that resulted in the $10,000 fine.

It is not known if Winslow will appeal the $5,000 fine.

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