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Cowboys' Ernie Sims fined $15,750 by NFL for hit

Ernie Sims was fined just more than $15,000 for a hit he registered against Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones in the third quarter of the Cowboys' victory over Cincinnati.

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An unnecessary roughness penalty committed against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend will cost Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims $15,750, the league announced Friday.

During the third quarter of the Cowboys' 20-19 victory over the Bengals, Sims was flagged for striking Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones in the head and neck area, according to an ESPN report. The league described Jones as "defenseless" and came down with the fine in addition to the penalty Sims was given Sunday.

For the season, the seventh year linebacker out of Florida State has recorded 36 combined tackles and one sack, which he recorded in the Cowboys victory on Sunday. Sims' 10 tackles against Cincinnati were also the most he has recorded in a game this season.

Sims was notably fined $50,000 in 2010 for a hit he put on Tennessee Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins while Sims was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. That fine was assessed more than a week after the hit took place.

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