Earl Thomas said he was fined for hit on Mason Rudolph

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Ravens safety Earl Thomas was penalized for roughing the passer for the hit that knocked out Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in last Sunday’s game and he also heard from the league this week.

Thomas said on Friday that he was fined $21,000 for the hit, which left Rudolph unconscious on the field and landed him in the concussion protocol this week. The NFL’s fine schedule calls for a $21,056 fine for a first offense of roughing the passer and Thomas said he plans to appeal the discipline.

Thomas also said that he’s reached out to Rudolph by phone and text, but has not connected with the quarterback yet.

“I wanted to him to know that I didn’t do it on purpose,” Thomas said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “That’s all I wanted him to know.”

Rudolph has practiced on a limited basis this week and his availability for Sunday remains up in the air.

29 responses to “Earl Thomas said he was fined for hit on Mason Rudolph

  1. Should have been suspended. Who the player that hits or who the player is who gets hit should not matter when enforcing rules and policies, but you can’t honestly say that if that was Brady laying on the turf instead of Rudolph that we’d be having a different conversation.

  2. He launched himself into Rudolph, upwards too as Rudolph is 7 inches taller and he jumped on the throw and was still hit in the head. Should carry a suspension as well…

  3. Did Carr mention if he got a $21k fine for his hot to the head of Rudolph (from behind on the same play)?

  4. He knocked a player unconscious with an illegal hit. Intentional or not, he’s lucky it’s just a fine (this time).

  5. Thomas leaped upwards, made helmet-to-helmet contact and knocked out a quarterback after the ball was gone. He deserved a fine and now he’s going to appeal the fine. What did he think was going to happen? Being awarded a gold star and a cookie?

  6. What is he appealing? Is he complaining that he should have been fined more? If so, I agree with him; that was at least a one game check cheap shot.

  7. Am I the only one that thinks that hit was not that vicious? He barely hit him. Maybe mason just has a weak chin.

    Crown of the helmet square to the jaw and QB was out cold on his feet so yes you are the only one.

  8. They should fine the team or at least whoever was in charge of making sure that the injury cart worked properly. You had one job!

  9. tavisteelersfan says:
    October 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Did Carr mention if he got a $21k fine for his hot to the head of Rudolph (from behind on the same play)?
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    Is this on some sort of a secret video that only you’ve seen? Because it never happened in any of the highlights I saw.

  10. Is the Pittsburgh crew getting fined too for making him walk off the field for not knowing how to work a cart? Heard the issue was they didn’t realize the emergency break was on. That’s not a joke either…smh.

  11. “if that was Brady laying on the turf instead of Rudolph that we’d be having a different conversation.”

    There would be fines, suspensions, and arrests if that were to happen.

  12. johnnycantread says:
    October 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Remains to be seen if poor Rudolph can join in any football games soon.

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    I really slept on these jokes and feel kind of foolish about it. There’s a lot of material in Rudolph based humor. Now, I’m hoping a player named Cornelius out of UConn joins the Steelers at some point.

  13. 2 year ban! NFL must stop assault tackling. New rule, wait til they can see you, ask if it’s ok to touch them, wait for request to be granted, then grab lightly and pull to the ground. This will be the new standard style of tackling in 4 years.

  14. Didn’t do it on purpose is simply not true. Video doesn’t lie, he led with his helmet aimed at the head. His head was up and his eyes on the target until the last moment before contact. It was clearly intentional.

    Anyone who honestly wants to know the truth can look at the play on youtube, it’s easy to find.

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