Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah punched Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward in the fourth quarter Sunday night, and his retaliation drew a personal foul for unnecessary roughness.
Zuttah's explanation for his reaction was that he was sticking up for right guard Marshal Yanda. In a video of the exchange, Zuttah punched Heyward after Heyward and two other Steelers players had surrounded Yanda.
"Three dudes were around Marshal getting in his face and they were pushing him," Zuttah said after the Ravens' 43-23 loss. "If the refs aren't going to protect him, I'm going to protect my guys."
It was a chippy game with Zuttah and linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and Albert McClellan all flagged for personal fouls.
"Both sides were doing a lot of stuff after the whistle," Zuttah said. "The second guy always gets caught."