Guyton, Pryor fined for hits on Favre


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Patriots defensive players Gary Guyton and Myron Pryor have each been fined $7500 by the NFL for their hits on Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre last Sunday.

According to a league spokesman, both were fined for “unnecessary roughness; specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck the quarterback in the head and neck area.”

Guyton was flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit; Pryor was not.

It is something of a surprise that Pryor was docked for the hit, considering that it looked legal on replays — Pryor’s helmet hit Favre’s shoulder and then slid upward toward his chin on impact — and former NFL officiating czar Mike Pereira, writing for FoxSports.com, said that it was a “perfectly legal” hit. A league source indicated to the Globe yesterday that he would not be fined.

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Pryor’s tackle left Favre, who still wears a hard chin cup on his helmet, bloodied and needing several stitches.