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Posted: Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:11AM

Tomlin fined $100,000 could still lose draft pick



The coach of the Steelers will have to pay a big fine for standing on the field and interfering with a play in the Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens.

The NFL has announced Mike Tomlin must pay $100,000 for his actions, and the team could still lose a draft pick.

Here is the news release from the league office:

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play in progress during last Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.  In addition, because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.

The discipline was issued by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations RAY ANDERSON.

With 6:26 remaining in the third quarter, Baltimore’s JACOBY JONES returned a kickoff 73 yards to the Pittsburgh 27.  During the return, Tomlin – in violation of Rule 13, Section 1, Article 4 of the NFL Rule Book – was in the restricted white border that surrounds the playing field and stepped foot onto the playing field during the play.

Tomlin’s positioning in the white border during play should have resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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