Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000, but it's not for a late hit or critical comments about an officiating crew. Birk apparently didn't wear a microphone for a recent game.
Birk's agent, Joe Linta, told thesidelineview.com that Birk was notified by the NFL of the fine Monday. Linta's reasoning was that Birk couldn't get the microphone to work in a satisfactory manner.
Each team is required to have a microphone placed in the pads of one or two interior offensive lineman, according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The rule, according to the sidelineview.com, is supposed to enhance the sound of the game.
I'm sure Birk will address the issue when the Ravens locker room opens to reporters later today. Linta hasn't immediately responded to request for comment from The Sun.