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Horse Tracks: Cody Wallace not suspended, only fined by the NFL

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After Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, many fans and Broncos players(including safety David Bruton) called for Steelers center Cody Wallace for his dirty hit on Broncos safety David Bruton.

News dropped on Wednesday that he was not suspended, only fined for his dirty hit.

Cody Wallace was fined $23,152 by the NFL on Wednesday, and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib called it a "slap on the wrist".

"If I put a guy's life in danger by doing this (eye-poke gesture) and it costs me $350,000, man, that definitely puts somebody's life in danger. I don't know how that goes, though. I don't know what determines who gets suspended for a game and who doesn't. But I saw it live; it was definitely a dirty play. It was unsportsmanlike. It got 15 yards, and Wallace got a little slap on the wrist. I guess that's how the league goes."

Talib is right, Wallace put Bruton's life in danger. He's a 300 pound NFL offensive lineman who left his feet and dived head first into David Bruton who was looking down.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was suspended one game for a similar type play on cornerback Josh Norman.

Safety David Bruton who took the blow to the head by Wallace also believed that he should have been suspended and that a fine wasn't enough.

There's a lot of linemen here in the league who clear out piles like that -- even when their guy is not running," Bruton said. "The fact that he dove and left his feet and had his head down to take me out with my head down, it's just -- it's up to the NFL office, but personally I don't think a fine is enough."

Broncos safety T.J. Ward believes that the Broncos are being targeted by the NFL. He says that if a Broncos player did what Wallace did they would have been fined and suspended by the NFL.

"This year has been crazy. There's been a lot of things that I've seen that if I would have done, I probably would have been kicked out of the game, and if some of my teammates would have done [them], we would have gotten kicked out of the game and gotten fined. You see that other teams and other players are doing similar things -- or worse -- and there are really no repercussions to it. So that's really frustrating."

If true, that is really frustrating.

Ward was suspended for the season-opening game for something that happened a year ago, and cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for an eye poking incident against the Indianapolis Colts.

In the end, the NFL once again screwed something up.

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