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.