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Kansas City Chiefs Vance Walker fined for leg-whip on Ben Roethlisberger

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During a play that sent Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to the locker room, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Vance Walker was fined by the league today for the play.

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Vance Walker got a gift from the NFL league office recently, but it wasn't the type of gift one might gloat about. The gift Walker received was a letter notifying him of a $8,268 dollar fine for his role in a play where his leg collided with Ben Roethlisberger's knee and sent the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback to the locker room.

The play was not flagged during the game, possibly due to the fact Roethlisberger still threw a strike to Antonio Brown for a touchdown after being leg-whipped by Walker. Nonetheless, the fact the league office has fined Walker shows the officials missed the call on the field.

The amount might seem small in terms of the potential injury Roethlisberger could have experienced, but marks the first-time offender amount approved by the CBA approved by the NFL and the NFLPA.

Even with the loss of income, Walker and the Chiefs are focused on trying to win this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Steelers are vying for the AFC North title when the Cincinnati Bengals come to Heinz Field this Sunday night.