- Associated Press - Friday, December 31, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has reduced the fines for Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson and New England’s Brandon Meriweather, both cited for flagrant hits against defenseless receivers.

Robinson’s fine has been reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather’s from $50,000 to $40,000.

The league’s appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, cut both fines.

Robinson’s hit on Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson left both with concussions, while Meriweather picked up a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness after hitting Baltimore tight end Todd Heap in the head.

Cottrell previously reduced the fine levied against Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison for his hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

All three fines came from plays in games on Oct. 17.

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