It has been a rocky road for the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers, but in this instance I'm not talking about the injuries, suspensions or tough losses. Rather, I'm talking about the number of fines the team has accumulated throughout the regular season.
There were the fines to William Gay, Cameron Heyward and DeAngelo Williams for attempting to support their own worthy cause during the month of October when the NFL honors just breast cancer. Arthur Moats was fined for a facemask on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, and then Antonio Brown was fined over 11 thousand dollars for his "flagpole" touchdown celebration against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. You can now add kicker Chris Boswell to the list of those who've been fined by the league.
Steelers K Chris Boswell fined $8,861 for facemask Sunday against Colts.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) December 11, 2015
On a return in the Week 13 win, Boswell grabbed the back of the helmet of the Colts' return man and took him to the ground to prevent a touchdown. The play was flagged as a 15-yard personal foul facemask penalty, and all personal fouls are subject to fine. Boswell's game check was $8,861 dollars less than normal due to the infraction.
The news has fans up in arms with the fact Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks wasn't fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ben Roethlisberger in Week 12, giving him a concussion, but the Steelers have been fined for a touchdown celebration and now a facemask penalty. With four games remaining, the Steelers will be attempting to make the postseason, but also to avoid letters of fines from Roger Goodell and company.