- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 17, 2009

The NFL fined Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis $25,000 on Friday for two plays, including a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco.

The Ravens said Lewis will appeal the fine.

Both plays occurred in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 17-14 loss Sunday. The league deemed Lewis “unnecessarily kicked the opponent” and later “unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver.”

During the latter play, Lewis hit Ochocinco after a pass from Carson Palmer sailed incomplete, and the 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness helped set up the winning touchdown with 22 seconds left.

Ochocinco lost his helmet during the collision but immediately popped up. After the game, the boisterous receiver used his Twitter account to ask commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency.

Asked Wednesday if he expected to be fined, Lewis replied, “Probably.” But he said that’s how he plays the game.

“If I had to change anything, I would do it the same way I’ve done it,” he said. “I will never slow down my speed, the way I play this game. I’ve never played this game to hurt anybody.”

CHIEFS: Safety Jarrad Page practiced for the first time all week, but left tackle Brandon Albert was held out another day and may not be ready for Kansas City’s game at Washington.

Coach Todd Haley said Albert was making progress and that he was not ready to rule him out. Page is battling a shoulder injury.

VIKINGS: Rookie receiver/return man Percy Harvin is questionable for Sunday’s game against Baltimore with an injured left shoulder.

Harvin said it will be a game-time decision. He missed practice Wednesday and worked out on a limited basis Thursday and Friday.

TRADE: Winless Tampa Bay sent underachieving defensive end Gaines Adams to Chicago for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.

Adams was the fourth pick in 2007 out of Clemson and had 13 1/2 sacks in two-plus seasons with the Bucs.

STEELERS: Running back Rashard Mendenhall is expected to start against Cleveland after returning to practice following a day off with flulike symptoms. Mendenhall went through a full practice Friday.

Safety Troy Polamalu also is slated to start Sunday. He practiced all week after missing four games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Also, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is seeking unspecified counter damages from a woman he says falsely accused him of rape. The quarterback’s lawyer said she hatched a plan to seduce his client in his Lake Tahoe casino-hotel room.

LIONS: Quarterback Matthew Stafford is questionable for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.

Stafford missed four of five practices this week, including Friday’s, with a right knee injury suffered Oct. 8 at Chicago. Receiver Calvin Johnson (right knee) also is questionable after not practicing Friday.

BLACKOUTS: The Bengals avoided a local television blackout for their game against Houston, and the Chargers did the same ahead of Monday night’s matchup with Denver.

SAINTS: New Orleans placed receiver Rod Harper on injured reserve with a stress fracture in his left foot and added rookie quarterback Chase Daniel to the active roster.

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