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Wright fined $5,000 for roughing the passer

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  October 8, 2009 12:51 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots defensive lineman Mike Wright confirmed today that he has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for the roughing-the-passer penalty he drew during the second quarter of the Patriots' 27-21 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

"I received mine yesterday for $5,000," said Wright. "It was just saying that I had touched his facemask. That was about it. I'm going to appeal it. I watched it again yesterday. I really just went to grab his shoulder, slipped off his shoulder and just barely touched his facemask. That's not roughing the passer in my eyes. I wasn't trying to bring him down by his facemask or anything like that it just slipped off and hit him.

"I think it's wrong that they are calling it that close. We're just trying to get him down. I don't know much more we can do other than just wrap him up and wait for the whistle. [Note: That is exactly what Wright did to Flacco on his second sack.] The guy is trying to get away from you. It's tough. I'm going to try to appeal it. It's interesting what they do with the Ravens, but I do my best to take care of my business."

The Ravens had a pair of roughing-the-passer penalties called on them for hits on Tom Brady, but there is no word yet on fines.

After calls to Baltimore and the NFL for clarification, it was learned that a story in the Baltimore Sun yesterday saying that the Ravens wouldn't be fined was only talking about fines related to their critical comments about the officiating following the game.

NFL spokesman Corry Rush confirmed that the league informed the Ravens that their commentary regarding the officiating was not going to warrant fines. He said the league would announce or confirm fines for players tomorrow.

Wright's roughing call came on the ensuing series after Ravens linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs was called for roughing-the-passer when he dove around the knees of Brady. That was Baltimore's second roughing-the-passer penalty of the game.

The call on Wright seemed like it could have been a makeup call.

"I don't know. I don't know. I didn't know that was going on," said Wright, who had two sacks in the game. "At the time I was just happy I got the sack. I looked at it, and it was first down. That's just not the way to start a series. It just put a damper on everything. I don't know if it was a makeup call or not."

Wright is the second Patriots player to be fined $5,000 for roughing-the-passer this year. Adalius Thomas was fined following a flag in the season-opener for taking down Buffalo's Trent Edwards.

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