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NFL fines Graham $7,500

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Rookie CB Corey Graham will be playing for about half pay this Sunday.

Graham's check was light $7,500 this week as the NFL fined him for a horse-collar tackle of returner Troy Walters in Detroit.

Graham drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, which was one of three unassisted special teams tackles he made during the game.

As a rookie with a base salary of $285,000, Graham's weekly check is less than $17,000. He said Thursday he was not sure if he would appeal the fine, that he was not familiar with the process.

The horse collar rule was named after Dallas S Roy Williams, who broke Terrell Owens' leg in 2004 with such a tackle. Williams horse-collared TE Desmond Clark during the meeting with the Cowboys Sept. 23 at Soldier Field. He was fined $12,500, but the difference is he is a repeat offender.

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