Ravens’ Weddle fined $26K for Nov. 4 hit on Smith-Schuster
Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle has been fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the Nov. 4 game at M&T Bank Stadium.
The play, which was highlighted on the NFL officiating video for Week 9, occurred with 14:17 left in the third quarter of the Steelers’ 23-16 victory.
Weddle delivered a jarring hit to Smith-Schuster while the receiver was making a 23-yard reception. Weddle was called for a penalty, but it was offset when Steelers tight end Jesse James was called for holding on the same play.
Smith-Schuster went to the medical tent, but was cleared to return, and he was back on the field later in the drive.
Smith-Schuster finished with seven catches for 78 yards, both team highs in the game.
Weddle was fined, coincidentally, on the same day that he was named the Ravens’ nominee for the Art Rooney award for good sportsmanship.
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