The Cleveland Browns took some cheap shots from the Pittsburgh Steelers and now the league has laid out its own punishment, even if the penalties are pretty light.
The NFL handed down a light form of punishment on Friday against a handful of Pittsburgh Steelers for their illegal actions against the Cleveland Browns during their Week 1 games.
While no one was hit with a suspension for dirty play – not surprising since it is the Steelers but still a bit questionable – the league did impose fines on three Pittsburgh defenders, according to USA Today:
- Linebacker Ryan Shazier was fined $25,000 for a late hit on Cleveland cornerback DeShone Kizer
- Cornerback William Gay was fined $25,000 for a late hit on Cleveland wide receiver Ricardo Louis
- Safety J.J. Wilcox was fined $25,000 for a late hit on Cleveland wide receiver Corey Coleman
According to ESPN, Shazier is planning to appeal his fine because, get this, he wasn’t aware the Kizer was going to slide at the end of his scramble, despite the fact that every quarterback slides at the end of a run to avoid cheap shots:
“I didn’t see him slide much on film. I wasn’t expecting him to slide. I was just going in there to make a tackle like I do any tackle. It’s just part of the game. Sometimes they get you…
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