Turnover forced by Ngata proves costly

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
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Haloti Ngata's hit on Jets quarterback Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez caused a fumble that was returned for one of three Ravens defensive touchdowns in the 34-7 win over New York on Sunday night.

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Now, the Baltimore defensive tackle is paying the price for that big play even though no penalty flag was thrown.

Ngata was fined fined $15,000 by the NFL for roughing the passer, a league spokesman said Friday. "Specifically, on a pass play, he lowered his head and struck the opposing quarterback," the spokesman wrote in an email.

This is the third reported fine in Ngata's six-year career. He was fined $5,000 in November 2007 for throwing a punch at the head of Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, and he was fined $15,000 last season after breaking the nose of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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