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NFL fines two Carolina Panthers, three St. Louis Rams

The NFL fined five players a total of $47,250 for their roles in the fights, shoving matches and chippy play during the Carolina Panthers’ 30-15 win over St. Louis last weekend, the league announced Friday.

Rams defensive end Chris Long drew the biggest fine – a $15,750 penalty for throwing a punch at Panthers offensive lineman Chris Scott. Long was ejected from the game, and had an aluminum bottle thrown at him as he left the field at Bank of America Stadium.

The other four players were fined $7,875 apiece.

Panthers receiver Steve Smith was docked for striking an opponent in the face while blocking, while Carolina free safety Mike Mitchell was cited for taunting.

Mitchell celebrated in front of the Rams’ bench after pushing quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds on a play in which Bradford sustained a season-ending knee injury. Mitchell said he didn’t know Bradford had been hurt on the play, and Mitchell was not fined for the hit.

Rams guard Harvey Dahl was fined for his late hit on linebacker Luke Kuechly, while St. Louis wideout Brian Quick was fined for hitting Mitchell in the face.

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