The Pittsburgh Steelers won in Week 1 when they beat the Buffalo Bills 23-16 in Orchard Park, NY, but not everything coming from the Steelers was good news. Especially for second year wide receiver Chase Claypool.
Claypool found out this weekend his game check from Week 1 was $8,354 dollars less after he was fined by the NFL for a personal foul penalty during the first game of the regular season.
This from Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:
Crackdown continues:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 18, 2021
The NFL fined #Jaguars LB Myles Jack $20,600 for two separate unsportsmanlike conduct violations in last week's loss to the #Texans.
Meanwhile, #Steelers WR Chase Claypool was fined $8,354 for unsportsmanlike conduct in an early dustup against the #Bills. https://t.co/u8QQI3sHFA
Claypool was flagged not for taunting, but for pulling another player off a pile. This is something the league has targeted the past few seasons in an attempt to stop players from trying to police the game themselves. Often times, according to the league, this action resulted in further penalties and ‘extracurricular activities’.
Since Claypool has been fined once, if there is a next time the fine will be more, and this will continue until a suspension is deemed to be warranted. Let’s hope it never gets to that point.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 of the regular season at Heinz Field.