Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was able to avoid a flag for kicking Redskins guard Shawn Lauvao in the preseason game between the two teams last week, but it didn’t escape the notice of the league office.
PFT has confirmed with the league that Ngata has been fined $8,268 for unnecessary roughness. Ngata kicked Lauvao with his right foot after Lauvao laid out Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks at the end of a run by Washington running back Alfred Morris.
Ngata said after the game that he was trying to protect his teammate when he lashed out in the heat of the moment, but the video of the moment likely made the case for fining Ngata pretty clear for the league.
Ngata picked up previous fines from the league for hits on Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez in 2010 and 2011 respectively.