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Dolphins' Olivier Vernon is fined for hit on Titans QB Marcus Mariota

Dolphins' Olivier Vernon is fined for hit on Titans QB Marcus Mariota

Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon said he has been fined by the NFL for a late, low hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and plans to appeal.

Vernon declined to say Wednesday how much he was fined. He hit the Tennessee rookie's knee Sunday and was criticized afterward by Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt, who said it appeared Vernon was trying to hurt Mariota.

Mariota suffered a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee but didn't miss a snap. He finished the game with a brace on his knee and didn't practice Wednesday.

Mariota said he would wear a brace Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons...

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