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Pair of Panthers pick up stiff fines

Carolina Panthers v Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 04: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers hits Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins and is charged with a roughing-the-passer penalty during the first half at FedExField on November 4, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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The unexpected win by the Panthers over the Redskins came with a price. Sort of.

Two defensive players were slapped by the league office for illegal hits.

Defensive end Greg Hardy (pictured) was fined $15,750 for striking Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the head. Also, safety Haruki Nakamura received a $21,000 fine for striking receiver Joshua Morgan in the head at a time when he was defenseless. Both acts were flagged during Carolina’s win over Washington.

All fines are subject to appeal. If upheld, the money is withheld from the player’s paycheck, and the cash goes to a variety of league charities.