Three Steelers Fined for Fight in Buffalo, No Bills Disciplined
Tom Pelisserro of the NFL Network revealed on Saturday that Steelers right guard James Daniels and inside linebacker Myles Jack were fined $10,609 each for unnecessary roughness during a fight in last Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported that Steelers left guard Kevin Dotson was fined $5,887 for unnecessary roughness.
Surprisingly, Bills safety Damar Hamlin and defensive end Shaq Lawson were not fined for controversial hits on Kenny Pickett. After a hit by Hamlin on Pickett as he was sliding, Daniels came to his quarterbacks aid and shoved Hamlin to the ground. Daniels was penalized for unnecessary roughness, while Hamlin’s hit on his former Pitt teammate went unflagged.
“He’s our franchise quarterback,” Daniels said after the game. “I just was shocked there wasn’t a flag. I know there are some other quarterbacks that if that same exact situation happened, would’ve easily thrown the flag. I’m upset there was no flag. But I thought there would be offsetting penalties. I ran to his aid.”
Pickett had some words with Hamlin after the hit, but he said there was no hard feelings between the two.
“Yeah, he’s one of my guys, my really good friends,” Pickett said. “Man, we’re competing, it’s all good.”
Later in the fourth quarter, Lawson hit Pickett low, and the rookie quarterback responded with a push. Pickett didn’t appreciate Lawson going after his knee.
“From my opinion, I felt like he went after my knee after I threw it,” Pickett said. “That’s it. You know, tempers flare. I don’t care, I’m gonna keep playing to the last play of the game. That was it. All good with me.”