Report: Haloti Ngata to appeal $15K fine

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata is appealing his $15,000 fine for his hit to the face of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last Sunday.

The hit, which appeared unintentional, broke Roethlisberger's nose. Ngata was not flagged on the play.

"Of course, I think it's not right," Ngata told the Baltimore Sun. "I feel like there was no other way I could have played that play because I'm swimming the guard, he starts to duck, and my arm is coming down over the guard. But I'm going to appeal it and see if, hopefully, I can get some money back."

Ngata doesn't expect a decision from the NFL for at least two weeks, according to the report. Does he have a legitimate gripe?