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Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw fined $16,537 for hit on Ben Roethlisberger

Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw brings down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw brings down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (Patrick Smith, Getty Images)

Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has been fined $16,537 by the league office for his roughing-the-passer penalty last week against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Upshaw plans to appeal the NFL punishment. No one

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"Yeah, they fined me. They got me," Upshaw said. "Of course, I'm going to appeal. That's $16,000. At the end of the day, I've got to appeal it.They said I got him with my helmet. It's the rules. It's kind of tough."

No one else was fined from the Ravens or the Steelers, according to the NFL. That includes Steelers safeties Troy Polamalu and Mike Mitchell for illegal hits and Ravens safety Darian Stewart for a hit that briefly knocked Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown out of the game.

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On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh chose his words carefully to avoid any potential fines for criticizing the penalty.

Upshaw was penalized for driving his helmet into Roethlisberger's chest, nullifying a sack. Upshaw drove Roethlisberger into the ground but didn't injure the quarterback

"It's difficult because the way the rules are written is one thing, what's possible to accomplish is another thing," Harbaugh said Monday. "There's no way to coach Courtney out of that. He's coming full-speed, he's going down into the strike zone and he's keeping his eyes up. He can't lift his head any higher than that.

"He also can't get his head off to the side because Ben's moving, and also the fact that if he gets his head off to the side, he's got a really good chance of missing the tackle or hurting himself by dropping his head. We're never going to put our player in a position to coach him to drop his head."

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