PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark is appealing a $40,000 fine for unnecessary roughness, his second penalty in two weeks.
The fine for unnecessary roughness in a hit on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson was announced Wednesday. Clark told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he did not fight a $15,000 penalty for hitting out of bounds because he did not dispute the NFL's findings.
"This time it's wrong," he said.
Coach Mike Tomlin, in a statement, called the new penalty "excessive" and said he would support his appeal. Clark said Tomlin, in his video review of Sunday's game on Monday, pointed to the Dickson hit as an example of a good hit.
Clark said that kind of penalty might actually encourage violence, saying he might as well have knocked Dickson out.
The NFL is under pressure because of concerns about permanent injuries to players, especially brain injuries caused by repeated head trauma.