The NFL has come down strong on two Ravens stemming from two separate injury-causing incidents in Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.
Linebacker Jameel McClain has been fined $40,000 by the league for an illegal hit to the head Steelers tight end Heath Miller, according to an email from an NFL spokesman.
The league deemed Miller a defenseless receiver, and took issue with the third quarter hit that McClain put on the tight end which left Miller concussed.
The fine will mean more to McClain than it would many others around the league; the $40,000 represents a large chunk of the third-year undrafted rookie’s $470,000 salary this season.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata also was fined by the league office; the Pro Bowler was docked $15,000 for striking the head of a defenseless quarterback.
Ngata literally drew first blood with his open-handed strike to the face of Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter last night. The hit broke the Steelers’ QB’s nose, and word is Roethlisberger will need surgery to re-set the break.
Penalties were not whistled on either of the two plays which drew the fines.