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Pace Fined $15,000 For Illegal Hit On Vick

Pace - "I Threw It In The Trash"
Calvin Pace (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Calvin Pace (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (WFAN/AP) — New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for an illegal hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick last Sunday.

Pace slammed into Vick as he threw a 26-yard touchdown to Brent Celek in the Eagles’ 45-19 victory and was called for a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty. Pace told reporters Thursday he planned to appeal the fine.

He told the gathered press that he didn’t read the letter sent to him from the league. “I saw $15,000 and threw it in the trash,” he said.

Jets coach Rex Ryan refused to comment on the fine, saying only that he’s “not the expert there.”

Pace, in his fourth season with the Jets, is third on the team with 81 tackles and has 4½ sacks.

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