Alexander fined by NFL for hit on Dilfer

Alexander denies hit was 'malicious' but NFL sees it otherwise

Raiders linebacker Elijah Alexander has been fined one game's paycheck for his hit on Seattle quarterback Trent Dilfer during Oakland's 38-14 win over the Seahawks last week. Though he will lose an estimated $26,400 as a result of the fine, Alexander avoided a stiffer penalty. Some NFL sources indicated the league seriously considered suspending Alexander but opted for the fine in the end. According to a press release sent out by the league offices, NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington sent Alexander a letter notifying him of the fine and the reasons for it. In the letter, Washington told Alexander ‘'Your hit on Dilfer involved direct contact with your helmet, and was plainly both violent and unnecessary under the circumstances.'' Alexander wasn't available for comment on the fine Thursday but he spoke to reporters a day earlier. He said he figured he would get penalized for the hit but did not expect to be ejected from the game, which he was. Alexander also defended the play. ‘'I let (the NFL) know it was no malicious intent on my part,'' Alexander said. ‘'I have family so I know how tough it is for them to see me laying on the ground. So I would never do anything to hurt someone.'' JANO HONORED: Place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month for Septemeber. Janikowski was a perfect 8-for-8 on field goal attempts, added six extra points and had a league-high eight touchbacks. He was also tied with San Diego's Wade Richey for the NFL scoring lead.

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