Nov 1, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks with outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) after being ejected from the game during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Ravens LB Judon fined $35K for contact with official

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon was fined $35,096 for physical contact with an official during last Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a report by NFL Network.

Judon was ejected from the game for making contact with the arm of field judge Rick Patterson during the second quarter when a scuffle broke out after Steelers running back James Conner was tackled for a 2-yard loss with 5:59 left before halftime.

Baltimore cornerback Marcus Peters and Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson were both penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Judon was being held back by a Ravens staff member when he swung his right arm to get loose and made contact with the arm of Patterson, who was attempting to separate players on the sideline. It didn’t appear Judon was intentionally trying to strike Patterson, a 25-year NFL veteran.

“I would never intentionally make contact with an official,” Judon said in a statement on Nov. 1. “I was attempting to free my arm as I was being held back, and I inadvertently contacted the official’s arm.

“My emotions were running high in the moment, and I take full responsibility for what happened. I need to do a better job of keeping my cool and not doing anything that negatively affects my team.”

Judon, 28, made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and is in his fifth season with the Ravens, who picked him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He entered Sunday’s game with 18 tackles and two sacks this season.

Additionally, The Athletic reported Saturday that safety Chuck Clark was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness, although it is unclear which play is in question.

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