As expected, Ray Lewis has been fined by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on Sunday night.
Lewis did not divulge the amount he was fined during his session with reporters today, but according to multiple reports, he was docked $20,000 for the hit.
“Yeah, I heard from the league,” Lewis said. “They fined me whatever they was going to fine me, but I’ll definitely call it in (to appeal). The thing is, you definitely respect them trying to protect players’ safety. But at the same time, it won’t change not one way I play this week, no matter what the fine is. You just can’t stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. If a receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball.
“You never want to hurt nobody. I’ve been in this business too long, so the last thing you want to do is hurt anyone. I just think once we started getting into these fines - and I don’t even know how they come up with the numbers most of the time - just get done with it.”
Lewis was asked if he spoke to Ward after the hit.
“No, talk to Hines for what?” Lewis said. “You don’t have conversations after hits. You just keep moving.”
Clark is a repeat offender (and he was actually fined $15,000 last week for a hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski), which is why his fine was twice that of Lewis’.
Meanwhile, left guard Ben Grubbs said after Sunday’s game that he didn’t feel like he had re-aggravated his toe injury during the win over the Steelers, but he told reporters to check in with him Wednesday after his painkilling shot had worn off.
With today being Wednesday, we checked in with Grubbs.
“It’s not any worse, but it definitely still hurts,” Grubbs said. “I’m able to maintain and I’ll be able to continue to play this season. I’m glad I was in the game. I didn’t want to be on the sideline during that win. I wanted to be in the action.
“I was thankful that I was able to get back out there and be a part of that big win. The guys said we needed you out there, but I needed them as much as they needed me. During that time of healing, I was in a rough place. I couldn’t wait to get back out there.”