Ravens coach John Harbaugh will not be fined for making contact with a game official during Sunday's 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, confirmed a league spokesman.
Harbaugh was flagged late in the fourth quarter for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Following the game, Harbaugh admitted he bumped an official, but said that it was inadvertent while he was trying to make a timeout call.
"Well, here’s how I understand it. I guess I didn’t understand how [the referee] interpreted it. But, what we’re told is to get the timeout where they can see it in front of their face in those situations," Harbaugh said following the game. "That’s what I’ve been told for five years going into this game. I think he took it as bumping him. I didn’t mean to bump him. I wanted to call a timeout, so I apologize for bumping, but the intent was to call a timeout.”
The actions of Patriots coach Bill Belichick who attempted to grab the arm of an official as he ran off the field following rookie Justin Tucker's 27-yard game-winning field goal, are still under review but he's expected to be fined.
The NFL also reportedly fined Washington Redskins offensive coodinator Kyle Shananan $25,000 today for his actions toward an official in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.