Although it did draw a roughing the passer call in the Steelers’ 19-14 win over the Ravens last week, the NFL has opted not to further discipline Pittsburgh defensive end Cam Heyward for his hit on Baltimore quarterback Robert Griffin III.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the league will not fine Heyward for the hit that drew a 15-yard penalty on Wednesday night.
While the personal foul call did not seem necessary for the hit at the time, it especially did not appear to warrant any further action by the league. The league office clearly felt the same way, and Heyward gets to keep his checkbook closed.
The #Steelers were flagged for a really bad call for roughing the passer during the 3rd quarter of Wednesday afternoon's game. The refs made up for it a few plays later with this ticky-tacky holding call on DJ Fluker. pic.twitter.com/uuhxwVQjfc— Tony Lombardi (@RSRLombardi) December 4, 2020
Heyward has had a strong 2020 season thus far, posting 36 total tackles, five tackles-for-loss, three sacks and an interception.
Selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward is a three-time Pro Bowler and been named First-Team All-Pro twice. His 57 career sacks are the fifth-most in franchise history.