NgataNow, the Baltimore defensive tackle is paying the price for that big play even though no penalty flag was thrown.
Ngata was fined fined $15,000 by the NFL for roughing the passer, a league spokesman said Friday. "Specifically, on a pass play, he lowered his head and struck the opposing quarterback," the spokesman wrote in an email.
This is the third reported fine in Ngata's six-year career. He was fined $5,000 in November 2007 for throwing a punch at the head of Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, and he was fined $15,000 last season after breaking the nose of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.