The NFL plans to fine about 10 players for leaving the bench area in the Thursday night brawl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, according to a repot by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The league has already announced unpaid suspensions for Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, along with additional fines for those players and $250,000 fines for each organization.
According to the league’s fine schedule, those players fined for leaving the bench area will be hit with a fairly minor penalty of $3,507 for their first offense. Players actively involved in the fight could be fined as much as $35,096.
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph will likely be among the players fined for actively participating in the fight.
The fight started when Garrett tackled and then laid unmoving on top of Rudolph, starting a skirmish between the two that ended when Steelers offensive linemen Matt Feiler and David DeCastro shoved Garrett off Rudolph and Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet.
Rudolph then when back at Garrett and the Browns lineman swung Rudolph’s own helmet over DeCastro, connecting with a blow to the Steelers quarterback’s unprotected head.
Pouncey then punched and kicked at Garrett, while Ogunjobi gave a blindside shove to the still helmetless Rudolph.
The Steelers and Browns play again at Heinz Field on Dec. 1.
Ben Roethlisberger: ‘If They Decided to Trade Me I Would Probably Just Call it Quits’
Don’t expect a Tom Brady/Phillip Rivers/Peyton Manning situation ever developing between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Speaking with Bill Cowher on the NFL on CBS pregame show before the Steelers’ 26-21 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Roethlisberger made it clear that he isn’t interested in finishing out his career with a different franchise.
The interview, which ranged from Roethlisberger’s return in front of an empty NFL stadium, to his long road to recovery, ended with Cowher asking (if not downright pleading) for his former star quarterback to remain in Pittsburgh.
"This is home. I don't know anything but bleeding black and gold."
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“You’re in your seventeenth year,” Cowher said. “Tom going to Tampa, we saw Phillip go to Indianapolis. Please tell me you’ll follow the footsteps of Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu and you will always be a Steeler. Can you go on record and say that?”
“I can most likely go on record and say that,” Roethlisberger said. “I have no plans on going anywhere. And I feel like even if they decided to trade me I would probably just call it quits. This is home. I don’t know anything but bleeding black and gold.
While anything can happen in the NFL, as clearly illustrated by Brady playing in Tampa Bay red and pewter this season, it doesn’t sound like Steelers fans should have any worries about where Roethlisberger’s loyalties lie.
From the Locker Room: Joe Haden says Steelers Looked to be Physical Despite Penalties
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden speaks with reporters, including Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about the pass interference penalties against his team and the defense’s fourth-quarter stop in their 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos.
Joe Haden had an up and down day, recording an interception but also losing some one-on-one battles, most notably almost being beat for what would’ve been a sure touchdown until the receiver tripped.
Steelers Postgame Show: Turnovers, Big Plays Allow Steelers to Beat Broncos
It wasn’t exactly as pretty as some expected, but the Steelers managed to win nonetheless. Mike Asti and Matt Gajtka guided fans through a Steelers edition of Pittsburgh Postgame, discussing the 26-21 win over Denver and what needs to improve to keep the winning streak going.
How did Ben Roethlisberger look after another week of actual game play? Is James Conner back or are his week 2 numbers a bit misleading? What were the bright spots, as well as, weaknesses from the defense? Mike and Matt answered all those questions and much more immediately following the game.