Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw is bracing for a potential fine from the NFL after being penalized for his block on New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley.
While praising Upshaw's blocking on the punt return team, including a block that injured Jets linebacker Troy Davis and didn't receive a penalty, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he isn't so sure the hit on the punter deserved a penalty.
"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.
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"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 is expecting to hear from the league office, though.
"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."
The first block on Davis caused him to leave the game with a chest injury after initially being checked out for a concussion. Upshaw's big block cleared a path for Jacoby Jones on a 37-yard punt return.
"The first block was a great block," Harbaugh said. "It was perfectly legal; I thought he did a great job of understanding the rule and executing it really, really well."