Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been fined for his hard hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, the Carroll County Times reports. NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweets Lewis was fined $20,000 for the hit.
During the game, Lewis’ play did not result in a penalty but the league believed the helmet-to-helmet hit was worthy of a fine. The play left Hines Ward “dazed” and the wide receiver did not play for the remainder of the game.
Lewis spoke out about the fine:
“Yeah, I heard from the league and like I said they fined me whatever they was going to fine me,” Lewis told the Carroll County Times. “The thing is you definitely respect them trying to protect player safety. At the same time, it won’t change not one way I play this week no matter what the fine is. You can’t stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. When the receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball. You never want to hurt nobody. I’ve been in this business too long. I just think once you start getting into these fines I don’t know how they come up with the numbers most of the time.”
A 16-year veteran, Lewis has played his entire NFL career with the Ravens. This season, Lewis has amassed 60 tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks and one interception.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the same game. Clark was fined $15,000 last week for a illegal hit on an out of bounds player.