Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was fined $7,875 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness, a punishment stemming from a penalty during the 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1.

Smith said he'll appeal the fine, the same amount that Ravens center Gino Gradkowski was fined for a different unnecessary roughness flag.

"Absolutely, I'm appealing it," Smith said. "It's unfair for them to fine you that much money. I don't know who makes up the fine system, but I don't think it's necessarily fair at all. I pushed him on the shoulder and he fell.

"This was before the whistle. On the whistle, he landed. Technically, the play's not over. I can do that, and they still fined me for it. I guess it's just my 'unnecessary roughness.' I'm appealing it, and I should win."

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