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Chris Kirksey appealing his $8,268 fine for shot on Jake Locker

Jake Locker, Christian Kirksey

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is hit by Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey (58) as Locker scores a touchdown on an 11-yard run in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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The Tiny Titan has drawn a relatively small fine, but he’s still appealing it.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns linebacker Chris Kirksey was fined $8,268 for his forearm to the head of Jake Locker, but his agent said he’s appealing it.

Kirksey was flagged for a personal foul for the play, which happened after Locker slid into the end zone. A flying Kirksey caught him with a vicious hit that caused Locker to leave the game briefly (before leaving it permanently later in the game when he smashed his hand against another Browns players helmet).

Browns coach Mike Pettine defended his rookie linebacker saying he wasn’t a dirty player, even though Locker called it a “cheap shot.”

Pettine also pointed out that Kirksey was coming off a block. That, and his first offender status might have led to the entry level fine rather than a larger one.