Yanda, a six-time Pro Bowl lineman, was strong in his denial this week.
“I take a lot of pride in my character and how I was raised,” Yanda said Wednesday. “I would never, ever spit on another man, another person, individual ever.”
The sequence in question occurred in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 24-21 victory over the Bengals. Burfict tackled Baltimore running back Alex Collins, and a minor scuffle ensued involving several players.
Video from the CBS broadcast of the game shows spit coming from Yanda’s mouth while Burfict was on the ground after the play, and Burfict had no apparent reaction.
“The video, some people are taking it crazy, but all I was doing was wiping the spit off my helmet, away from the ground,” Yanda said. “I swiped at it to make sure that it didn’t land on anybody. I don’t know if you guys know, during the course of a game, I’m like a heavy spitter. The adrenaline is fired up, and I’m spitting all the time — sidelines, on the field, but not on anyone ever.”
It is believed Yanda has been disciplined once in his 12-year NFL career. In 2012, Yanda got into an altercation with Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins after a play, and both were fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.
Chiefs safety Eric Murray was docked $26,739 for unnecessary roughness during the opening drive of that game.
Jacksonville‘s Calais Campbell was fined $20,054 for roughing the passer after his hit on Pittsburgh‘s Ben Roethlisberger in the Jaguars’ 20-16 loss. The penalty wiped out an interception by Myles Jack.
Campbell wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked by the call and even more shocked by the fine!” He added that he planned to appeal the league’s decision.
Minnesota‘s Harrison Smith has to pay $10,026 for his hit that injured Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who went to ground at the end of a run and hurt his right shoulder. Trubisky missed the Bears’ next game, on Thanksgiving Day against Detroit.
Among others fined $10,026 by the league Saturday: Indianapolis‘ George Odum (unnecessary roughness), Cincinnati’s Dre Kirkpatrick (unsportsmanlike conduct) and Green Bay‘s Bashaud Breeland (unnecessary roughness).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.