NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has taken down photos that were for sale of illegal hits that earned players large fines.

The league said Wednesday an outside vendor used an automated process to post pictures online for fans to buy, but the system would be changed to ensure photos of illegal hits were not available.

Three defensive players were fined at least $50,000 each Tuesday after a series of violent hits in Sunday’s games raised concerns that the NFL’s disciplinary policy wasn’t doing enough to prevent head injuries. The league now plans to start suspending players for particularly dangerous hits.

One of the fined players, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, criticized the photos’ presence in a radio interview Wednesday morning, saying “I guess they want to get their money on the front end and the back end.”

The NFL says: “We regret the mistake.”

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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