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NFL Overturns Egregious Jaylen Warren Fine



Steelers RB Jaylen Warren
Steelers RB Jaylen Warren against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 3, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The NFL has overturned the hefty fine that Steelers running back Jaylen Warren received during the team’s win in Los Angeles over the Rams, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Warren was fined $48,556 for the simple block in pass protection. He spoke out about it after the fine. This was called unnecessary roughness, by the NFL for his hit on Michael Hoecht.

“Yeah, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do,” Warren said. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to hit dudes are like 350 pounds and two feet taller than me. I can’t stand my ground and punch them. They’ll run me over.”

Warren was also fined $48,333 earlier this season for illegal use of his helmet against the Cleveland Browns and safety Juan Thornhill.

Warren also appealed that fine, and got it reduced by approximately $9,000 on appeal. If this fine against Warren had been upheld, he’d have forfeited over $87,000 of his salary for this season, which is more than 10% of his pre-tax earnings. Warren is set to make $870,000 this season, his second year in the league after joining the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2022. He has one season remaining on his contract and is set to become a restricted free agent in 2025.

Jaylen Warren will now have some extra money in his pocketbook. This play was even called out by J.J. Watt as ‘robbery’ from the perspective of the NFL. It seems some of that pressure, as well as the questionable hefty fine on a routine play in football, has allowed Warren to win this appeal. Pittsburgh is near the top of the league as one of the most fined teams in the entire NFL, and Warren was up there as one of the most fined players.

NFL player fines go to the Professional Athletes Foundation, which helps support NFL legends in need and youth football initiatives.