The NFL announced today that they have fined Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for his interference during a Jacoby Jones kickoff return in the Baltimore Ravens 22-20 victory on Thanksgiving Night.
Also still a possibility, the NFL stated that they are considering "downgrading" one of the Steelers draft picks after the draft order is set at the end of the season.
Earlier this week when addressing the media, Tomlin described his actions as “a blunder” and “embarrassing” as he stuck to his story that it was incidental. He shared that he almost always watches kickoff returns on the jumbotron and just lost track of where he was in regards to the field of play.
Tomlin stated earlier today after the fine was announced that he "accepts the fine" and will no longer "discuss" the situation.
You have undoubtedly seen the replay of Tomlin with a foot on the field of play while Jones was closing in on him during a kickoff return after the Steelers had just scored their first touchdown of the game, and Jones did alter his running route towards the inside of the field and was caught from behind on the play.
The league’s announcement of the discipline said,
“because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.”
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