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Earl Thomas reportedly fined for hit on Steelers’ Mason Rudolph

Chris Adamski
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is hit by Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas, left, and cornerback Brandon Carr during the second half of last week’s game.

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was fined more than $21,000 for the hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph during last week’s game that left Rudolph with a concussion.

The fine was reported by ESPN. Levied fines typically are not confirmed until the Saturday following a week’s games. The collectively bargained fine schedule for the league mandates a $21,056 fine for a first offense of roughing the passer. That is what Thomas was penalized for during the game. The league could have considered a $28,075 fine for “Impermissible Use of the Helmet.”

Officials did not appear to throw a flag on the play until after Rudolph had lied on the turf unconscious.

Thomas told ESPN he reached out and tried to speak with Rudolph this week.

“I wanted to him to know that I didn’t do it on purpose,” Thomas said, according to ESPN. “That’s all I wanted him to know.”

Rudolph spent the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol and was limited in practice. He was to be evaluated by an independent neurologist Saturday who could have cleared him to play Sunday in a game at the Los Angeles Chargers.

But the Steelers, because of the extra practice reps that undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges got this week, ruled Rudolph out for Sunday’s game.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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