Although there was no penalty called on the play, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have said on more than one occasion this week that the hard hit put on quarterback Chris Simms by Carolina Panthers defensive Al Wallace last Sunday was unnecessary roughness.

On Friday, the National Football League supported that notion when it fined Wallace $7,500 for the hard hit that slammed Simms to the ground in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game.

The Bucs believe the hit by Wallace was directly related to spleen injury suffered by Simms, who was rushed to the hospital immediately after Tampa Bay’s 26-24 loss to Carolina to undergo emergency surgery to remove a ruptured spleen.

However, Simms took several hard hits during that contest and was even escorted to the locker room toward the end of the third quarter after he took a knee on the field in obvious discomfort.

In addition to Wallace’s fine, the NFL also fined Bucs safety Will Allen $5,000 for a taunting penalty he received during last Sunday’s contest, according to ESPN.


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