Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain will be fined for a third-quarter hit against Steelers tight end Heath Miller, according to the NFL.
McClain tackled Miller, who left the game with a concussion.
Fines for hits in the league have been as much as $25,000, but it's not clear how much McClain's fine will be for. UPDATE: Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL, confirmed the fine on his Twitter account, writing, "Last night we confirmed Jameel McClain's hit to head of Heath Miller should have been flagged. Today we r confirming McClain will be fined"
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who addressed the media while Aiello was confirming the punishment, strongly defended McClain's tackle.
"I think the big issue, from our perspective, is what Jameel is capable of doing and what he's not capable of doing," Harbaugh said. "Jameel tried to go low. He tried to go low to make the tackle, and Heath Miller fell. So he's going down, and as Jameel is trying to go low to make the tackle in that strike-zone area, [Miller's] head ends up in that area. So there's nothing that Jameel could have done that was humanly possible to avoid that kind of contact. Now if they're going to call that a penalty because they can't tell that it's a duck-and-hit type of situation, that's up to them. But from a fine perspective, to me, it's clear that Jameel was trying to go low."
Asked later if he was concerned that McClain could be suspended, Harbaugh replied, "Absolutely not. My understanding of that rule – from many conversations with the NFL – is that, it's like Ray's last year [vs. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie in the playoffs]. When a tackler commits to making the tackle low and the receiver moves down into the strike zone where he's already committed to make the tackle, there's nothing humanly possible the tackler can do to change course at that point. So I don't think it should be a fine based on the way it's been explained to me time and time again by [NFL executive director of football operations] Ray Anderson and others in the league. And I'm not afraid to go on record and say that because that's the way it's been explained. They may say differently and I may learn something from it. But to take it to the next level, there would be absolutely no chance of that."