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Ravens OLB Courtney Upshaw fined $16,537 for hit on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

It was a big hit, and it's a sizable fine.

Patrick Smith

The hit may have done its damage for the game, but Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw would pay for it later - literally.

A hit on a sack of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Baltimore's Week 2 win over the Steelers cost him $16,537, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson.

Roethlisberger would say after the game the hit - the crown of Upshaw's helmet drilled into Roethlisberger's chest right before the force of the hit took Roethlisberger off his feet - made an impact he felt the whole game. The play was penalized, but the Ravens would force a turnover later on that drive, and Baltimore would win 26-6.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn't agree with the call, as quoted by Wilson.

"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."

The Steelers picked up two personal fouls on hits from their secondary. Mike Mitchell was flagged for hitting a receiver up around the neck area, and Troy Polamalu hit a receiver in the head. No fine has been reported for either player as of the time of publication, but each hit appeared sufficient, comparatively speaking, to draw a fine.

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