The NFL has fined Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit against Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on Sunday, according to a report by Jameson Hensly of ESPN.
Thomas, who was flagged for roughing the passer but not ejected or suspended for the hit, said after the game that he did not intend to injure Rudolph.
Rudolph was transported from Heinz Field to a local hospital for evaluation and was diagnosed with a concussion. He was released from the hospital on Sunday night and returned to UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday. Rudolph has been a limited participant in practice all week for the Steelers.
He remains in the league’s concussion protocol and his status for the Steelers’ Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday is uncertain.
If Rudolph does not play, third-string undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges should be expected to start in his place.