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Elvis Dumervil fined $7,875 for facemask penalty

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Ravens strong-side outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was fined $7,875 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, according to a league spokesman.

Dumervil was flagged three times on one drive in the third quarter. The one that triggered punishment from the NFL was a facemask penalty on a sack from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Dumervil was also flagged for a late hit on Roethlisberger and for offsides. 

“I got to do a better job of being aware of the strike zone,” Dumervil said after the Ravens' 19-16 loss. “I think I played a little too aggressive. I have to do a better job and not cost the team.”

Steelers inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester wasn't fined for his hit on Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on an on-side kick attempt, and Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't fined for a facemask infraction.

After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh weighed in on Dumervil's facemask penalty. 

“You just can’t grab the facemask, but Ben ducks all the time,” Harbaugh said. “What do you say? This is the biggest, strongest quarterback in the NFL. We have to wrap him up strong and bring  him down, but you feel yourself around the face area, he drops down, you have to get your fingers out of there somehow. Maybe there’s a way to coach that other than talking about it, but you don’t want to get the facemask.”

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