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Steelers safety Sean Davis fined over $24k for hit on Chiefs WR Chris Conley

Another playoff game, and another member of the Steelers who has lost a significant portion of his paycheck due to a questionable hit.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing the heat in the AFC Playoffs. Fast, athletic and hard-hitting has been their mantra, and unfortunately it has led to some letters from the league office stating they owe the NFL some of their paycheck due to illegal hits.

In the Wild Card round it was Bud Dupree’s hit on Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore which was flagged and fined by the league. In the Divisional round it was Sean Davis’ hit on Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley which he stated he was fined over 24-thousand dollars for.

Davis said he plans on appealing the fine on the hit which happened in the fourth quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium.

The main talking point about the hit wasn’t if he hit him in the head, he clearly did, but just what the NFL expects defenders to do in that situation. If Davis doesn’t hit Conley, he likely scores an easy touchdown. However, the pass was away from Conley, forcing him to turn into contact, which meant any hit from Davis was likely going to be on a defenseless receiver.

These situations are the ones which put defenders in almost a lose-lose situation. Disrupt the play with a hit, get flagged and an envelope from the league office notifying you of a fine. Don’t disrupt the play, and you essentially give up a big play in a playoff game.

No one is disputing the flag or the hit, but essentially what Davis is supposed to do in the situation he found himself in on Sunday night.

Nonetheless, the sting of the fine won’t be quite as much considering the Steelers were able to escape the game victorious, thanks to Davis’ pass break up on the Chiefs’ second two-point conversion attempt, and are now preparing for the New England Patriots and the AFC Championship game.