Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin was fined $25,000 for a block that caused Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber to sustain a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae.
Garvin delivered a crushing helmet hit against Huber during an Antonio Brown punt return for a touchdown.
Huber has been placed on injured reserve.
Garvin is expected to appeal the fine, and NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino has already said the hit was illegal for hitting a defenseless player.
“I fell down on the play and I got up and saw A.B. coming towards me so I was like, 'Oh, I've got to try and help him break on this play,' ” Garvin told ESPN. “I wasn't out there trying to be vicious. When you're in the game you're really just trying to make a play and help your team out.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.