Ellerbe was fined $10,000 drilling Richardson when Richardson was running for a pass. According to the NFL, it was a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless player. But Ellerbe didn’t see it that way.
“Yeah, they fined me,” Ellerbe told the Baltimore Sun. “I appealed it already. I jumped the pass and when he missed it, I hit him. They need to get rid of this fine. It’s B.S.”
The Ravens said before the game that Richardson is the hardest back to tackle in the NFL, and that they’d have to be physical with him. Apparently the NFL thought on that play, Ellerbe was too physical.