Source: Steelers, Ravens fines likely
The NFL is expected to hand down a series of fines to linebacker James Harrison and safety Ryan Clark of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis for questionable hits delivered during Sunday night's game between the teams, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Harrison hit in question occurred in the third quarter when the Steelers linebacker appeared to hit the Ravens' Ray Rice helmet to helmet after the running back already was tackled. Harrison was not flagged.
Clark was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson late in the first half. Clark hit Dickson in stride, appearing to lead with his shoulder, but both players' helmets made contact.
Lewis knocked Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward out of the game in the second quarter with his hit, which was not flagged. Ward left with concussion-like symptoms after the helmet-to-helmet hit. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the injury "minor."
The Ravens won Sunday night's hard-hitting game on a late touchdown pass by Joe Flacco to sweep the season series from Pittsburgh.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday said he didn't "want get into that conversation right now" when asked about the Clark and Lewis' hits that drew penalties.
"I mean, it's tough. There's no doubt about it, it's tough. It's fast and it's physical and all that, but the rules are in place for a reason, and that's the way it works," he said, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Harrison was fined $100,000 for a series of hits last season and Clark was fined $15,000 last week for a hit he delivered to tight end against Rob Gronkowski in their win over the New England Patriots.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.