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Posted at 4:08 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Jameel McClain, Haloti Ngata fined by NFL for hits on Steelers

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 7:34 p.m.

Jameel McClain was fined $40,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Heath Miller and Haloti Ngata was fined $15,000 for the hit that broke Ben Roethlisberger's nose Sunday night in the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Updated at 6:35 p.m.

The NFL is reviewing Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain's helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller on Sunday night, as well as Haloti Ngata's punch that broke Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's nose.

"[Sunday] night we confirmed Jameel McClain's hit to the head of Heath Miller should have been flagged," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted. "Today we [are] confirming McClain will be fined."

Miller's head and neck were bent backward and his head bounced off the turf as he landed. He lay motionless on the field for several minutes as medical personnel worked on him. He was able to get up and walk off.

By Cindy Boren  | December 6, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
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Comments

That would be commendable, but there are players that are permanently disabled, yet cannot recieve health care from the league. Willie Woods, Hall of Famer from the Lombardi Packers, resides in a retirement home. He suffers from arthritis, diabetes and has had a leg amputated. Yet, he's deemed not disabled. It had nothing to do football? Really?

There are countless stories like that. Yet, the league now wants to punish for "illegal hits" and increase the schedule to 18 games. More opportunities for injury. $40 Million Slaves by William C. Cohen. Read it. Slaves come in black and white, nowadays.

Posted by: ktaylor15 | December 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

McClain should be suspended without pay for at least a game.
The officials should be fined for missing an impossible to miss call.

Posted by: chucky-el | December 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What a poorly phrased article! Did this writer even watch the game? A 'punch' implies that Ngata intentionally slugged no. 7 in the face which clearly was not the case. McClain should be fined.

Posted by: robgoszkowski | December 6, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course it looks much worse and more intentional when the video is slowed down so much. But that play happened in an instant. How does McClain know as he's flying in that Miller will keep his feet (which would have made it a legal hit to the waist) or go down. Why did the refs miss this? Because they watched it in real time, and it was a bang bang play.

Now, it should have been a penalty. A rule is a rule, but let's not assume that elite athletes flying around the field have that much control over precisely where they hit a moving target.

Posted by: paul6554 | December 6, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The fine should be in slow-motion too and never actually reach the bank accounts of the players as it should also continuously be rewound and relevied.

Posted by: NOTINFL | December 6, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Ben Roethlisberger has been punched in the face mask by Richard Seymore, no suspension, and has his nose broken by Haloti Ngata, no penalty called. The hit on Heath Miller isn't called.

Doesn't seem the Steelers are coming out on the short end.

Harrisons fines were larger than the ones handed down to Seymore, Ngata and McClain.

Posted by: dodgertown | December 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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