The NFL has punished New England Patriots defensive lineman Mike Wright.
Wright was fined $5,000 for a roughing the passer penalty during a 27-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens where he hit quarterback Joe Flacco n the helmet.
Wright told the Boston Herald it was unintentional and he plans to appeal the fine.
“It’s just tough to swallow,” Wright said. “I’m just out there trying to get a big guy down. For it to be called so tightly right now, it’s hard. Guys aren’t playing the way they want to play.
"In my second sack, I was thinking, that’s why I kept him up. I’m not risking another penalty. We’re not out there trying to hurt those guys.”