BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The NFL fined Ravens safety Earl Thomas $21,000 for the hit that knocked out Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, according to ESPN.

Thomas told ESPN he plans to appeal the fine.

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During Sunday’s matchup between the rivals, Thomas’ helmet hit Rudolph’s chin. Rudolph appeared to be knocked out cold after the play. He was carted off and is suffering from a concussion.

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND – JUNE 10: Earl Thomas #29 of the Baltimore Ravens poses for a photo at the Under Armour Performance Center on June 10, 2019 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The Ravens went on to win 26-23 in overtime.

ESPN reports that Thomas reached out to Rudolph via text this week.

“I wanted to him to know that I didn’t do it on purpose,” Thomas told ESPN. “That’s all I wanted him to know.”

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