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Asante Samuel's $40,000 Helmet Hit

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    Asante Samuel's $40,000 Helmet Hit
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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21: Derek Hagan #85 of the New York Giants gets tackled by Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Samuel was called for leading with his helmet resulting in a penalty against the Eagles. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Derek Hagan;Asante Samuel

    Eaglescornerback Asante Samuel says he's been fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

    Samuel told reporters the amount of the fine before practice Wednesday. He sat out practice because he sprained his knee during the 27-17 win over New York last Sunday night.

    Samuel, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, leads the NFL with seven interceptions. He has 42 career picks in eight seasons, but has never been known for being a physical player.

    The league has cracked down on hits to the helmet in the last month, with Samuel's fines among the biggest the NFL has handed out.