AP: Browns S T.J. Ward Fined $15,000

The Associated Press is reporting Cleveland Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward was fined $15,000 for his hit on Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Jordan Shipley on Sunday.

Former NFL vice-president of officiating Mike Pereira, who now works for FOXSports.com, said that Ward deserved a $25,000 fine for his hit, which knocked Shipley out of the game with a concussion.

After the game, Ward defended his hit, and said that any fine levied against him won't change his style of play.

"I tried to lead with my shoulder," Ward said. "It's a physical game out there. No one's trying to hurt anybody to the point they can't play. We'll see what the ruling is and hopefully they see it in my favor.

"I'm going to try to hit him where I can't get a fine. I believe I led with my shoulder. I may have got a little helmet, but I didn't lead with my helmet. I didn't try to hit him under his helmet at all," said Ward.

Ward's game-checks are worth $18,824 this season, meaning he essentially played for free on Sunday.

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