Sean Davis Fined for Illegal Hit on Chris Conley: Details, Comments, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Safety Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a National Football League preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field on August 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Steelers 17-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis told reporters Wednesday that the NFL fined him $24,000 for his hit on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley during the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter.

Davis added that he'll appeal the decision on the hit, which occurred during the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 18-16 win.

As the Chiefs were driving while trailing 18-10 with less than five minutes remaining, quarterback Alex Smith looked for Conley over the middle on 3rd-and-9 from the Pittsburgh 25-yard line.

Conley lunged to try to secure possession inside the 5, but Davis launched himself at the receiver and made helmet-to-helmet contact.

The safety was penalized on the play for unnecessary roughness, gifting the Chiefs a first down at the 12-yard line.

While Conley received medical attention, Davis spoke with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

"I told him, 'My fault. I didn't mean to do that. I don't want to hurt anybody,'" Davis told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He told me, 'Just relax and play ball. Don't worry about it. Don't blink. Don't freak out. You live to fight another down.'"

Kansas City then scored to cut its deficit to two, but what would have been a successful two-point conversion was wiped out by an Eric Fisher holding penalty. On the following attempt from 12 yards out, Davis preserved the victory for Pittsburgh by breaking up a pass in the end zone.

While he will appeal the league's decision to fine him, Davis and the Steelers defense have more pressing issues to deal with as they prepare for next Sunday's AFC Championship Game meeting with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.