Steelers' Ryan Clark fined $40,000 by the NFL

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Ryan Clark’s first fine for an illegal hit drew nothing but a remorseful nod from the Pittsburgh Steelers safety.

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Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) tries to intercept a pass to Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, not pictured, during the first quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. Baltimore won 23-20.  Don Wright/Associated Press
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Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) tries to intercept a pass to Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, not pictured, during the first quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. Baltimore won 23-20.

The second fine – this one for a violent collision with Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson on Sunday night – drew his wrath.

“This is the worst, period, point blank,” said Clark, who was fined $40,000 for Sunday’s hit by the NFL.

Dickson got his hands on a pass from Joe Flacco before Clark smashed into him. Dickson wasn’t hurt on the play, though it appeared his facemask collided into the back of Clark’s helmet before the ball squirted free. Clark was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

“There wasn’t anything malicious about it,” Clark said.

The fine was the second in as many weeks for Clark. He didn’t appeal when the league slapped him with a $15,000 fine for hitting New England’s Rob Gronkowski out of bounds in a 25-17 Pittsburgh victory on Oct. 30.

• Chicago wide receiver Earl Bennett has drawn a $5,000 fine from the NFL for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night’s 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bennett was asked if he got an explanation for what was wrong with the cleats.

“They were too orange I guess,” he said.

BUCCANEERS: Claimed defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

RAIDERS: Running back Darren McFadden will sit out tonight’s game in San Diego because of a lingering ankle sprain.

McFadden was not at Wednesday’s walkthrough and has not practiced at all since injuring his right foot in the Raiders’ loss to the Kansas City on Oct. 23.

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