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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: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:11 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

@ BlaknGold....Really dude! Hines Ward is the dirtiest player in football so says the nfl players no the public fan base. Clark is a total head hunter thats all he does.. You have no clue as to what you are talking about and apparently you dont even watch football.. Just take that yellow towel and wipe your tears!!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:37 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Clark is a headhunter and should be suspended for multiple games.  There will always be some helmet contact but Clark clearly uses his helmet as a battering ram on an everyday basis and someone, perhaps even Clark himself, may be critically injured if action isn't taken.  These petty $15,000 fines don't deter guys making millions per year.  That is the equivalent of a $5 speeding ticket.  Only when guys are losing game checks will any changes truly take place.  The NFL has the right idea as far as protecting players is concerned, but their punishment system is laughable and some penalties and fines are a joke.  The stuff Clark does is not and should be punished swiftly and harshly.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:35 pm

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Ray Lewis should be banned for life from the NFL for his actions on and off the field. Suggs better get fined as well for acting like the clown he on and off the field. he is the most unprofessionla player in the NFL. Clark's hit was 100% clean. Harrison gets fined for touching. Goodell is a joke. Bu the Refs should be the ones fiend and suspended from that game. The NFL should be embarrassed for their calls. Tim Donahghy looked better than those idiots.

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