Browns’ Joe Haden Fined for Rough Hit

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CLEVELAND — On Tuesday, T.J. Ward, along with cornerback Joe Haden donated money for turkeys to be bought and served through the St. Augustine Hunger Center.  It was a kind gesture that shows the giving nature the defensive back has.  

On Wednesday he found out he would have to give a lot more, but to the National Football League.   Ward was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his hit on Dallas receiver Kevin Ogletree during Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.

It goes without saying that Ward plans to appeal.

Ward’s helmet made contact with Ogletree’s during the game at Cowboy Stadium.

Ward was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play. Ward’s hit forced a head-to-head collision between Ogletree and Browns defensive back Buster Skrine. Both were lost for the rest of the game, Skrine with a concussion.

Ward has been fined by the league before for strong hits. It’s ironic as the Browns will be playing the Steelers this Sunday and that team is led on defense by James Harrison, who has heard from the league on big hits in past.