As it's been the case all year long, the NFL kept filling their pockets by blasting players all around the league with hefty fines for another week after reviewing the on-field conduct of their employees in last weekend's games, those on Week 14 of the regular season.
Several players were penalized, including two members of the Baltimore Ravens and one player of the Los Angeles Rams following their actions, seemingly punishable, in the matchup both squads played on Sunday at the M&T Bank Stadium in Maryland.
Per Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Banner, Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith has received a fine of $10,927 for an incident taking place in the second quarter of last Sunday's game. As seen in the clip above, Smith was fined nearly $11K (yes, you read that right) for committing a facemask penalty against Rams tight end Davis Allen.
This action is ruled as "unnecessary roughness" by the league, no matter how hard or soft it is, and it resulted in an on-the-spot penalty during the game. Now, on top of penalizing Smith then and there, the NFL is pocketing a smooth double-digit figure by handing Smith a sound fine.
In a separate second-quarter incident, Ravens safety Marcus Williams was fined $6,472, per Shaffer. The fine was imposed for a high tackle to the head of Rams wide receiver and former Baltimore Ravens playmaker Demarcus Robinson.
Williams made contact with Robinson's head at the end of the play once the wideout had caught and secured the ball in what ultimately ended as a catch for 25 yards on a pass from Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The play drew an immediate flag for unnecessary roughness due to the nature of the hit, which is hardly arguable and definitely a tackle that Williams could have easily avoided.
On the other side of the scoreboard, the Rams also faced financial hits from their actions against the Ravens. Namely, running back Kyren Williams was fined $5,264 for a play involving Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. Williams targeted Queen's knees in an apparent attempt to block him out of a pass play to the outside, which was another unnecessary play on the field.
The Ravens dodged a bullet there as Queen avoided injury on the play. That's great news because it was a nonsensical tackle, and Queen was clearly unaware of what was coming his way and ultimately hitting him inadvertently.