Woodson Fined $7,500

The NFL has fined Cowboys safety Roy Williams $7,500 for a hit on Detroit wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim, the Dallas Morning News reported Friday on its web site. The league fined Williams for what it termed "unnecessarily slamming an opponent to the ground after tackling him."

A Cowboys spokesman did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press on Friday, the start of a bye weekend. An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking confirmation.

During the game, which Detroit won 9-7, officials called a personal foul and penalized the Cowboys 15 yards after Williams tackled Hakim in the third quarter, drove him back and threw Hakim hard to the turf after he made a catch.

Williams is the second Cowboys player in as many weeks to be fined by the league office. Safety Darren Woodson was fined $75,000 for a hit on Seattle receiver Darrell Jackson.

This season, the NFL has cracked down on violent hits. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent a letter to all coaches asking them to reinforce the league's position on helmet-to-helmet hits and other violent hits.

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