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Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 4:20 pm
Several players could be lighter in the wallet following the Sunday night game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth must've mentioned it a dozen times Sunday night: the Ravens-Steelers rivalry transcends the NFL's recent emphasis on player safety. It was old-school football, where people actually hit each other. And if that resulted in the league handing down fines then so be it.

Well, it sounds like that's exactly what will happen. Ray Lewis, Ryan Clark and James Harrison can all expect to be out some money after hits the NFL will almost certainly deem illegal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

Lewis, the Ravens' ageless linebacker, had arguably the most egregious hit, a head shot to Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward that sent him to the bench with "concussion-like symptoms." Lewis wasn't flagged on the play.

Clark's open-field collision with tight end Ed Dickson was penalized at the time (unnecessary roughness -- hit on a defenseless receiver), and this could be his second fine for a personal-foul penalty in as many weeks. Against New England in Week 8, Clark incurred what turned out to be a $15,000 penalty for a late hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

(Three years ago, Clark did this to Wes Welker. He was flagged on the play, but the NFL later admitted that it was a legal hit and he wasn't fined. Now look at us, fining guys for low blocks.)

The NFL also has an issue with Harrison's third-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit on running back Ray Rice, though replays show Harrison falling on Rice at the end of a play. At the time, it seemed innocuous -- and legal -- but the league's history of arbitrary punishments suggests that everything's fineable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who received a Gatorade bath for the Week 9 win and later cut his chin celebrating with general manager Ozzie Newsome, didn't "want to get into that conversation right now" when asked about the hits leveled by Clark and Lewis.

"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.

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Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:49 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Just rem the refs gave you a superbowl aganist the Seahawks . So I dont want to hear Any Steeler fans talk about not getting any calls!

Gave us the longest run in SB history?  Gave us a play action fake TD to seal the game?  OK... freaking tardo.  What a broken record this is.  After all this time.. it's about time some whiners let it go.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:28 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:18 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Dude dont get me wrong im not making excuses for the calls in the games, but i think alot of the calls lately have been game changers, and trust me im a dolphin fan so i have other issues then the refs in games, but as a fan and a gambler the refs have been controlling the outcome of some games and it seems to be the games on sun and mon nights, theres never a discusion about thesecalls on games like browns and seahawks. Just all seems  alittle curious to me.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:03 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

, I am not a total homer, but it would be nice to get a call to help us out in a game once in a while.
Come on dude.  Don't lay blame on the reffs and don't pretend the Steelers haven't had a call go their way from time to time.

I remember a lot of Dolphin fans not too happy with blown call on a TD that Ben fumbled and everyone told them to man up and not blame reffs....

First drive of this game the hold that took back a 76 yeard TD was a very weak call...... 

It happens to everyone

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:02 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

isnt 90 percent of the hits on WRS<RBS< and TEs all illegal hits, unless they are actually running after the catch, they all are hits on a defensivless player, but since some sound and look worse they get flagged. Im really starting to hate the NFL cause of this issue. They are costing teams games on a dailey basis. The Eagles got screwed cause of a horrible PI call. The games lately have been on the play calling of the Refs and not of the teams...Another big example was that horrible PI call on Gates 2 mondays ago, 2 plays later they were penalized and sacked and out of FG range, and we all know how this game ended. Woulda been different if the refs werent jackasses

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:59 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Hehehe  It's not Steelers vs Ravens unless fines are involved.  There is some serious hate betweeen these teams.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:50 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Come up with some new material since the calls in that SB have already been proven time and again after the fact to have been the right ones!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:48 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Really Gage?

Did Ryan Clark cause an injury with his hit?  No. Ray Lewis did cause an injury yet you decide to proceeded to get on your soap box about Ryan Clark and don't mention the one actually injured someone.  Seams to me you are believing all the media hype about the Steeler (Clark and James Harrison) being dirty.

I will take your word on Briggs and Urlacher as I do not watch many Bears games.  I don't think you watch many Steelers games either.  Ryan Clark rarely leads with his head.  He leads with his shoulder more than anything.  It just so happens that the ball carrier or WR don't just stop to let him line up his hits like a FG kicker paces it off. Sometimes there is helmet to helmet contact.  It can not be completely eliminated.  Its going to happen. While we are at it - Why is it always considered the defenders fault?  And it doesn't matter if you have your arms extended while leading with your helmet.  You have to lead with the shoulder and hope there is no helmet to helmet contact.  Even if he does lead with his shoulder he gets a penalty for hitting a "defenseless" receiver.  Its really a tough position to be in.  Play off and let the receiver catch the ball or make a hit to break up the pass and draw a penalty.

 I grew up watching football in the 70s and nothing about Ryan Clark reminds me of "the Assasin".  What "quality, fundamental" footbal are you refering to?  Like Dick "Night Train" Lane, Steve Attwater, Ronnie Lott, Mike Curtis, or John Lynch.  All of those players would be considered "dirty" by todays standards.

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:46 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Just rem the refs gave you a superbowl aganist the Seahawks . So I dont want to hear Any Steeler fans talk about not getting any calls!

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:44 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Well as a ravens fan you should then help us understand how to deal with this situation, since you have plenty of past experience dealing with being swept and losing, and we do not.

on a serious note, dude, dont go down that path of jackass fan.  Its a great rivalry and the game was a damn good one.  Dont become eagle fans people, where everything sucks and nothing makes them happy.

give credit where its due, great game, shame the black and gold won, but there is always the playoffs and we'll see what happens there.  beating a rival 3 times in a year is pretty damn hard in the afc north.....although pittsburgh has pulled that off already vs the ravens......

oh well.

meh i like the Brady is a woman threads better.

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