Ray Rice’s appeal wasn’t the only reason NFL brass had their minds on the Ravens this week. Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs was fined Friday for a late hit on a Pittsburgh running back.
During the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, Suggs hit LaGarrette Blount below the knees, and from behind, as he was being wrapped by the Ravens’ defensive line.
The two sides got into one of those Steelers-Ravens showdowns after the hit, with NBC commentator Chris Collinsworth saying, “This may start a real fight, here.”
According to NFL.com, Suggs was fined $8,268 for the hit. Blount also called him a “dirty player” after the game.
Earlier this week, Suggs said he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone.
“I wasn’t trying to get him hurt,” the veteran said. “I was just trying to get the big guy down.”
Though his hit became the focal point of the NFL media’s weekly debate about whether the game is getting too brutal, it didn’t garner the Ravens’ biggest fine.
Suggs’ fellow LB Courtney Upshaw was hit with $20,000 for roughing the passer after hitting Big Ben in the neck area.
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