OWINGS MILLS, Md. — According to a report from ESPN’s Jamison Hensely, Earl Thomas didn’t escape a fine for his hit last Sunday on Mason Rudolph.

The Ravens safety was fined $21,000 by the league for the hit which left Rudolph with a concussion. It’s the fifth time Thomas has been fined in his career.

Thomas said Thursday that he reached out to Rudolph, but didn’t get a response, to tell him the hit wasn’t meant to injure him. 

“I was just playing football,” Thomas said Thursday. “I was just trying to get my head across and hit the strike zone. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the sport. I never want to do that to anybody.”

Thomas will appeal the fine.