The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t just lose to the Buffalo Bills in Week 5, they also lost several players to injury. However, one aspect of the team which wasn’t being discussed were potential fines being handed out to individual players.
Following the 38-3 loss, it was reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that James Daniels was fined $10,609 for his retaliation hit on Damar Hamlin after he hit Kenny Pickett when he was sliding near the first down marker in Buffalo last Sunday.
The NFL didn’t fine #Bills S Damar Hamlin or DE Shaq Lawson for unflagged hits on Kenny Pickett that drew the #Steelers’ ire.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 15, 2022
The only player fined out of the ensuing fracases was Pittsburgh OL James Daniels, who was docked $10,609 for retaliating against Hamlin. pic.twitter.com/IwfbIdF92q
On top of Daniels being docked pay, Myles Jack’s pay check for last week was also significantly less with him too being fined $10,609 for his unnecessary roughness penalty last Sunday.
The NFL did fine #Panthers CB Jaycee Horn $10,609 for unsportsmanlike conduct in last week’s loss to the #49ers. No flag was thrown.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 15, 2022
Also, #Steelers LB Myles Jack was fined $10,609 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s loss to the #Bills.
To make matters worse, no Bills were fined for any of their participation in these activities. Damar Hamlin, who hit Pickett when sliding, was not fined for the play. Nor was Shaq Lawson who hit Pickett low after he threw, which had Pickett get up and shove the pass rusher in frustration.
Another Steelers player who was also fined from the game was guard Kevin Dotson, this for his involvement in the fracas which took place after Pickett shoved Lawson. Dotson was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.
Three Steelers were fined for penalties in the Bills game, per league source:— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) October 15, 2022
James Daniels - $10,609
Myles Jack - $10,609
Kevin Dotson - $5,887
All three were flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Players losing money is usually a factor in their changed behavior. Often those involved can handle a penalty, but when they start losing money out of their pay checks they are more inclined to change their behaviors. For the Steelers, I don’t think anyone will be complaining about Daniels or Jack’s penalties during the blowout loss.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 at Acrisure Stadium.