Panther's Wallace Fined $7,500 for Hit on Simms

Carolina Panthers defensive end Al Wallace was fined $7,500 for his slam of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms last Sunday.

The Bucs, though they have no proof, believe that hit -- deemed unnecessary roughness -- might have been part of the reason Simms injured his spleen. Asked if the league was contending this was the hit that resulted in Simms' ruptured spleen, an NFL spokesman told ESPN's Chris Mortensen, "absolutely not," that it was clear Simms had been injured prior to the fourth-quarter hit.

Also from that game, Buccaneers cornerback Will Allen was been fined $5,000 for taunting.

Other fines levied from Week 3: Rams middle linebacker Will Witherspoon was docked $7,500 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle was fined $5,000 for a horse collar tackle on Seattle Seahawks halfback Shaun Alexander. Alexander believes that is the injury that might have caused the fracture in his left foot.

Information from ESPN.com's John Clayton and ESPN's Chris Mortensen was used in this report.

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