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Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for Tom Brady 'hit'

Kyle Williams argues his case with official John Parry after being flagged for roughing Tom Brady. Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams knew it was coming. The letter from the NFL was in his locker today informing him of a $15,000 fine for his hit on Tom Brady during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

Williams didn't get much of a hit for his money. He hit Brady on the back of the calf near the knee with his forearm as he was falling to the ground. Brady completed a 19-yard pass to Wes Welker on the play. The hit drew a roughing the passer penalty, which gave the Pats 7 more yards to put them at the Buffalo 6. Two plays later Brady scored to tie the game, 21-21.

The penalty and the fine are consistent with NFL rules on protecting the quarterback on hits to the lower legs.

"I could understand if I dove at him head-first and hit him or hit him behind the legs and dove at him with my shoulder," Williams said. "But I hit him with my arm and get a $15,000 fine for hitting the guy with the ball. I don't get it."

Williams said he expected some kind of fine.

"I figured it was," he said. "At the same time, I asked the official during the game, 'What do you want me to do?' He didn't say anything. Of course, I wasn't exactly calm when I asked him. But I'm trying to figure out: You get blocked down, you're going down. The guy's still got the ball. I didn't dive into the side of the leg. I didn't spear him in the side of the leg. I hit him with my forearm in his calf and he went down.

"You got guys out there hitting Fitz in his chest with their helmet when he's going down. I don't know what you’re supposed to do."

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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