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Steelers Cameron Heyward fined $22,000 for abusive language to official in Week 4

Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive lineman Cam Heyward was fined by the NFL front office for abusive language toward an official in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

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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.

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