NFL Fines Za’Darius Smith $18,231 For Sunday Hit On Ben Roethlisberger

In the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday win over the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was hit in the head by outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith with 5:18 left in the third quarter of the AFC North battle. Smith was rightly flagged for unnecessary roughness on that play and now we know he has since been fined by the NFL for his hit as well.

According to a Friday evening report by the Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the NFL fined Smith $18,231 for his on Roethlisberger.

You can see a replay of that hit below.

As far as I can tell that was the only fine issued to a player in the game between the Steelers and Ravens and if that is indeed the case, that means the league didn’t view the low-ish first quarter hit by Baltimore cornerback Laderius Webb on Roethlisberger as being an illegal one and that’s not overly surprising when you look at a slowed down end zone replay.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Should be suspended.

  • Nolrog

    How do they come up with the fine amount? Seems like such an odd number.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Pillow fight anyone? Feathers are cheap. Now Ben’s wife will want him retired before week 6.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Its one dollar every time Tomlin says “obviously”.

  • PaeperCup

    ehhhhh, it wasn’t that bad. A penalty yes, a fine…meh.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Next year the rule committee will consider 15 yards for encroaching on a quarterbacks personal bubble.

  • LHW

    Nothing to see. Intentional? Nah. Flagrant? Nah. Malicious? Nah. Just a consequence of playing hard? Yeap. Fineworthy? Laughable. . . .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    The tom Brady rule.

  • falconsaftey43

    Almost every player safety personal foul penalty receives a fine.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m surprised this is a fine. I agree with the personal foul penalty

  • Rocksolid20

    % of their game check

  • Rocksolid20

    My how the game has changed

  • Conserv_58

    Karma, for when Holati Ngata broke Ben’s nose and no flag thrown or subsequent fine levied for that hit.

  • Nolrog

    Ah, makes sense.

    I thought it was a flat rate for everyone, that’s why the amount seemed so odd.

  • Nolrog

    Cannot touch the QB in the head. In this case, he basically tackled him by pushing his head down.

    Even if you lightly brush the QBs helmet by accident, it goes as 15.

  • Conserv_58

    Indeed. The ubiquitous “Tuck Rule” started the NFL down the path of proverbially wrapping QB’s up in bubble wrap. I’m expecting the NFL to enact another rule stating that defensive players will no longer be allowed to look at QB’s with a manacing or threatening look on their face.