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Courtney Upshaw not fined for blocks, Jets' Ellis fined for facemask penalty

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Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw thought he'd be fined for his block on New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley last Sunday that drew a personal foul penalty.

On Friday, Upshaw found out he had nothing to be worried about.

Upshaw wasn't fined for his hit on Quigley or for his crushing block on Jets outside linebacker Troy Davis, which didn't draw a penalty but ended Davis' season with a chest contusion, according to a league spokesman.

Meanwhile, Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a facemask penalty during a 19-3 Ravens win at M&T Bank Stadium.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Upshaw's blocking on special teams and questrioned whether Upshaw deserved a penalty for his block on Quigley.

"The other one, I’m not so sure about," Harbaugh said. "It’s our understanding that if the punter or kicker is making a move -- the return is coming this way and he’s making a move toward the return -- that you’re allowed to block him.

"I sure would hate to see him make the tackle. And he did it with two hands, so he didn’t do anything with his helmet; it certainly wasn’t a dangerous block. We don’t want to just let the punter go make tackles, so we’ve got to get a ruling on that.”

Upshaw said last Sunday he expected a fine.

"From my understanding, they're going to protect the punters just like a quarterback," Upshaw said. "I thought it was clean. I'm not a dirty player. As soon as he threw [the flag], my whole thought process was, 'This fine is going to be crazy.' Hey, I think it was clean."

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