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Cowboys Safety Fined for Hit on Chiefs Receiver

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Dallas Cowboys safety Alan Ball was fined by the league for his hit on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Bobby Wade according to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News.  Ball told him the news following practice today.

The fine was $5,000.

On Monday, Ball told reporters that he expected to be fined for the unnecessary roughness call.

You should remember this play because it was huge for the Chiefs.  Facing a 3rd and 26 with about 9:00 left to go in the game, and the Chiefs coming off of two consecutive penalties, Matt Cassel targeted Wade in the middle of the field.  He was hit by Ball, which drew the yellow flags from the referees.

You know how the possession ended.  Jay Ratliff leaped over Thomas Gafford and Mike Goff to block Ryan Succop's field goal attempt giving the Cowboys the ball back for the go ahead possession.

This is the second consecutive week the Chiefs have been involved in a 'Will he or won't he be fined' game with the league.  Jarrad Page hit receiver Steve Smith in the New York Giants game and drew an unnecessary roughness call for a helmet-to-helmet hit.  

Several days later Page told reporters that the league sent an apology letter to the Chiefs for the call.  It doesn't change anything but it does feel good to be right.

Now if we can just figure out what happened on the play where Igor Olshansky rolled into Branden Albert's leg....