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NFL Smacks Steelers RB Jaylen Warren with Huge Fine



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren against the Cleveland Browns, Sept. 18, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The NFL has fined Steelers running back Jaylen Warren with a $48,556 ticket for unnecessary roughness in pass protection. That is the second time Warren got tagged with a huge fine, which cost him his entire game check. So, Warren is playing with the two fines he has received, at least two games for free. Likely, Warren will appeal the fine as he did the last.

This is the play that landed Warren the fine. It’s a hefty fine that he did not expect for that play. Warren is the most significant fine of the week but not the only player. Safety Damontae Kazee got nailed for $11,806 for an unnecessary roughness hit, even though it was not penalized.

As for penalized play, wide receivers George Pickens and Diontae Johnson did get fined. Between his taunting penalty and blindside block call, Pickens got hit for more than $17,000. Johnson got fined $10,927.

Those calls have become a topic of discussion among Pittsburgh over the last week, with Najee Harris even questioning some of the rings, viewing them as soft.

“I almost had one. They said I was talking to the guy,” Harris said. They should know the difference between guys competing and guys saying stuff to hurt someone. We’re just competing. It’s competitive. You might have a little chit-chat. We just have to find a balance where it’s too much and when it’s not. Receivers and DBs, that’s just normal. They are gonna do that every play. Sometimes, I think (officials) can be a little too soft. It’s football. People are gonna talk shit.”

Regardless of whether the Steelers agree with the calls or not, they are near the highest in the league in terms of raw fines. They led the NFL last year and appear on track to be near the top of the league once again this year.