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Terrell Suggs fined $8,268 for tackle on Blount, Courtney Upshaw fined $20,000

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was penalized for unnecessary roughness on Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount in the third quarter.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was penalized for unnecessary roughness on Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount in the third quarter. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was fined $8,268 by the NFL for his controversial tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, according to a league spokesman.

Suggs was penalized for unnecessary roughness when he struck Blount from behind during the Ravens' 43-23 loss Sunday night at Heinz Field. The NFL said he was fined for striking an opponent late, after Blount's forward progress had been stopped.

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Blount complained about the hit and called Suggs a dirty player, and outside linebacker James Harrison said he thought that the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was trying to intentionally injure his teammate.

Suggs defended his reputation earlier this week, saying that he saw that Blount's feet were still moving and that he was simply trying to get him on the ground. The hit enraged the Steelers and their fans.

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Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw was fined $20,000 for roughing the passer for his late hit on Ben Roethlisberger, where he struck him in the neck area.

Ravens linebacker and special-teams ace Albert McClellan was fined $8,268 by the NFL for his personal foul against Steelers on a punt return.

The league fined Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah $8,268 for his altercation where he took a swing at Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward. Zuttah was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Steelers linebacker Vince Williams was fined $8,268 for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting.

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The NFL didn't fine cornerback Lardarius Webb (horse-collar tackle), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (unnecessary roughness) or Steelers nose tackle Steve McClendon (roughing the passer). McClendon drove Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into the ground and was penalized.

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