Mike Tomlin fined $100,000 by NFL; Forfeiture of Steelers draft picks remain a possibility

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was fined for his sideline incident in last Sunday's Steelers-Ravens game.

The full press release on Mike Tomlin's $100,000 fine from the NFL can be seen below:

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.

Mike Tomlin's statement on the matter is here:

As I stated yesterday, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Find more coverage of the incident here. The reaction from Baltimore can be seen at Baltimore Beatdown.

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