Cam Heyward's wallet might feel a little lighter this week compared to others. The reason for that change is the fact Heyward was fined $22,000 by the NFL league office for using 'abusive language' toward an official in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.
Heyward took exception to a missed holding call on Steelers' linebacker Sean Spence on a Doug Martin touchdown run, and was seen on camera yelling at the sideline official.
The play was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The recent dent in Heyward's paycheck was more than teammate and outside linebacker Jason Worilds' fine which was roughly $16 thousand dollars for a low hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Week 3 of NFL action.
The league office didn't say whether the play where Heyward's penalty and fine occurred was, in fact, a missed holding call or a legal block by the Buccaneers' left tackle, Anthony Collins.