DENVER, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Denver Broncos safety John Lynch was fined $75,000 Tuesday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis fullback Dallas Clark during last Sunday's game.
Lynch received the harsh fine from the NFL because it was his fourth penalty for unnecessary roughness since 2001. The first three cost him $7,500 each.
Clark made a catch in the first quarter and Lynch led with his helmet and hit him in the head just as he turned around.
Lynch, a 12-year veteran, said he had no regrets about the hit. He said it would send a message for the rematch between the teams this Sunday in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
The hit knocked Clark out of the game with a concussion.
This was the second $75,000 fine the NFL has levied in two weeks. The league fined Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius for a clothesline hit that temporarily paralyzed Green Bay receiver Robert Ferguson.