Steelers Will Reportedly Lose Late-Round Draft Pick for Mike Tomlin Incident

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

USA Today

On Thanksgiving, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin impeded Baltimore Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones. He was fined $100,000 by the NFL, but that's not the end of it. 

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the league will penalize the Steelers a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft at some point during the spring. The NFL has yet to determine which round the selection will be taken from since it must first dole out compensatory picks.

Further, the Ravens' playoff status could impact the severity of the penalty.

NBC's Peter King (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) initially reported that the Steelers wouldn't have a draft pick taken away unless the four points that Baltimore lost on the play in question caused the team to miss the playoffs. 

"Net points in common games is the eighth tiebreaker among two potential wild-card teams and the ninth tiebreaker for all other ties."

According to La Canfora, a higher draft pick will be taken if that scenario occurs, but a pick of some kind is going to be forfeited by the Steelers regardless of how the Ravens fare.

Nobody except for Tomlin knows if his actions were calculated, but the GIF is hard to refute.

Now that the NFL has dropped the hammer, don't expect to see anything similar happen on the field in the near future.

The incident continues to be a hot topic and a distraction off the field for the Steelers, who host the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Both teams are battling for the second wild-card spot in the AFC.


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