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Titans safety Michael Griffin said Wednesday the NFL has fined him $21,000 for his hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill, which Griffin calls the consequence of going high.
Griffin said Wednesday he appealed the fine as soon as he received it.
He hit Hill after Alterraun Verner intercepted the pass intended for the Jets receiver on New York’s second offensive play in last week’s 38-13 Titans win. Hill left the game and did not return with a concussion.
Griffin read off the letter from the NFL, saying he was fined for unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.
‘‘I go low you know somebody makes the catch over the middle,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘The tight end makes the catch over the middle I go low. Then this week I go high, even though Vern got the interception. This is the consequence you get for going high.’’