On Sunday, in Week 4 of NFL action, Za’Darius Smith of the Baltimore Ravens made a play which cost him a large sum of money.
While trying to sack Ben Roethlisberger, he was flagged and ultimately fined for making contact with the head of the quarterback. That’s a blatant penalty and one which cost Smith $18,231, to be exact.
Za'Darius Smith of the Ravens fined $18,231 for his roughing the passer penalty on Ben Roethlisberger.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 6, 2017
The Steelers were unable to turn that 15-yard penalty into points, but Smith will certainly be lighter in the wallet when his game check arrives for Week 4. Usually, if a play is flagged in a game and not fined (like Cam Heyward’s hit on Mike Glennon in Week 3), it means the NFL deemed the hit to be of the legal variety. But when you get flagged and fined, then you certainly broke the rules.
As for the Ravens and Steelers, Baltimore travels to Oakland to play the Raiders in Week 5, while the Steelers host the Jaguars at Heinz Field. With the Steelers having a game advantage in the division over Baltimore, a Ravens loss and a Steelers victory would be huge for the Black-and-gold when it comes to the divisional standings.