The NFL has fined several Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches after their chippy AFC Wild Card clash a week ago.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Bengals cornerback Adam Jones received the biggest blow to his wallet, with a $28,940 fine for "unsportsmanlike conduct, making contact with a game official." ESPN's Andrew Brandt pointed out that Jones only received a bonus of $25,000 for the game, meaning his fine cost more than his playoff bonus for the year.
Bengals defensive linemen Domata Peko and Wallace Gilberry were fined $8,681 each, and Steelers guard Ramon Foster was fined $17,363, all for unnecessary roughness, per Rapoport. However, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was not fined for his hit on Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The players weren't the only ones disciplined. Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter and offensive line coach Mike Munchak were fined $10,000 each, according to Rapoport. Munchak was flagged for pushing a Bengals player on the sidelines, and Porter had a run-in with Jones during an injury timeout while Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was being tended to.
Per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey, the Bengals defensive back said on The Dan Patrick Show that Porter's presence on the field is what caused him to get upset initially.
"They said I made contact with the ref," Jones said. "I was pointing at Porter, saying, 'Why is he on the field?' I asked the head ref why he was on the field. He couldn't give me an answer. ... He wasn't with the player who got hurt."
The penalty on Jones helped the Steelers complete their comeback. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell only had to hit a 35-yard field goal after Jones' penalty and a personal foul on Vontaze Burfict, who hit Brown in the head, moved the Steelers 30 yards downfield.
Burfict was later suspended three games.
The Steelers must put the events of last week behind them, as they prepare to take on the Denver Broncos in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round clash.
While Pittsburgh won the physical battle against Cincinnati, this weekend it will have to win without Brown, who has a concussion, and running back DeAngelo Williams. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is questionable with a right shoulder injury, according to Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times.
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