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Cortland Finnegan fined $10,000 by NFL for face mask penalty

Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan was fined for a face mask penalty against the Bills. Finnegan has been fined previously this season for a similar penalty.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan was fined $10,000 by the NFL for a face mask penalty against Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. The play was penalized during the Rams' Dec. 9 game against the Bills, costing the Rams 15 yards in a close game where every yard mattered. The Rams won on a last-minute touchdown by Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Finnegan is no stranger to punitive fines, having been fined $7,875 for a similar face mask penalty committed against Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson earlier this year.

Physical play and antagonizing opponents are hallmarks of Finnegan's career. Finnegan was again in the headlines earlier this season when Washington Redskins receiver Josh Morgan threw a football at Finnegan in frustration after the conclusion of a play.

This is Finnegan's first season with St. Louis, having spent the first six seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans.