The NFL reviewed the film from Week 14’s contest between the Steelers and Ravens, and they have handed out some fines after watching the game. In fact, a pair of Steelers defenders were docked some of their pay checks, but what also was noticeable was one particular Ravens defender who wasn’t fined for a very questionable hit during the Sunday night contest.
First, the Steelers who were fined.
The NFL deemed Sean Davis’ late hit along the sideline was worthy of a hefty fine.
Steelers safety Sean Davis was fined $18,231 for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Ravens, but apparently not for the foul where he tossed Ben Watson to the ground.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) December 15, 2017
The other Steelers defender who lost some money was Artie Burns, for taking his helmet off after being flagged for defensive pass interference. It should be noted Burns was not penalized for removing his helmet, as William Gay was able to get him off the field before being noticed.
The only other fine was $12,154 to Artie Burns for unsportsmanlike conduct when he removed his helmet after being called for pass interference— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) December 15, 2017
So, these two second-year players gave roughly $30 thousand dollars to the NFL charities, but what about the Ravens? Some of their play must have been penalized, right? One hit in particular, Eric Weddle’s helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless Jesse James, was not fined by the NFL.
Ravens S Eric Weddle was not fined for his launching/head shot on Steelers TE Jesse James.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) December 15, 2017
Some NFL fans think the Steelers’ fan base just screams of paranoia, always thinking the league is out to get them, but when you look at how they handled JuJu Smith-Schuster’s suspension, and several situations like this one, it makes you wonder.
Nonetheless, I doubt many Steelers players will think twice about it, considering they still won the game, clinched the division and punched their ticket to the AFC Playoffs. As Bill Belichick would say, “We are on to the next game.” And for the Steelers, that is the New England Patriots in Week 15.