GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Packers linebacker Nick Barnett said Friday he would appeal the second fine he received in as many weeks from the NFL.
Barnett was fined $7,500 earlier this week for a helmet-to-helmet contact on a hit of Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna in the last game.
``I know they're trying to protect the players, but at the same time, we're trying to play football,'' Barnett said. ``Do I think mine is an official fine? I don't think I hit him hard enough with my helmet.''
Barnett was fined $7,500 last week for a horse-collar tackle of Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the Packers' opener Sept. 8.
The sixth-year player also forfeited his paycheck for the first week of the season as punishment for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy. Barnett was charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for an incident at an Appleton, Wis., nightclub in the offseason last year, but later reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
The fines leveled against Barnett for his game conduct have come as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is putting an emphasis on player safety. Goodell sent a memo to teams this week warning that players who endanger the safety of other players would be subject to increased disciplinary measures.
``It's hard to play physical without playing physical,'' said Barnett, who wasn't called for a penalty for either punishable act in the last two games.
``I understand (being punished for) hitting someone when they're in a defenseless position or trying to hurt somebody,'' Barnett said. ``I definitely have never done that before. In these (recent) incidents, they weren't that. I'm not trying to fight the NFL. I'm just trying to be fair.''

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