Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 by the NFL because of a hit on a defenseless receiver during Sunday`s game against Baltimore. Clark was called for hitting tight end Ed Dickson illegally during the second half of the Steelers' 23-20 loss.
It was the largest fine handed down to the Steelers since James Harrison was fined $75,000 for a hit on Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi last year. That fine was later reduced to $50,000.
It was the second time in as many weeks that Clark was fined. He was fined $15,000 for hitting New England tight end Rob Gronkowski out of bounds last week.
"I led with my shoulder and did everything possibly right and to be fined $40,000, I just don`t understand," Clark said.
Clark said that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin notified him of the fine after receiving an email from the league office.
"I think it is the most ridiculous … you know, I took the last one good," Clark said. "I didn`t know the guy was out of bounds and I kept playing and I can see why you call something like that. If you watch the film in slow-motion, by the time the play is over, my back is almost turned to him to make sure that my helmet was out of the way."
The Steelers have now been fined as reported 12 times this year for a total of $182,500.
Clark said he will appeal the fine.