In the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 win over the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Cody Kessler was knocked out of the game in the second half after being hit by linebacker Lawrence Timmons. While Timmons was flagged on the play for unnecessary roughness, the league ultimately decided not to fine him, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers, however, wasn’t as lucky as it’s being reported on Friday that the Tennessee product was fined $18,231 by the league for hitting Browns quarterback Josh McCown in the head with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter.
McCullers was penalized for roughing the passer on the play and the penalty wiped out a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Steelers safety Sean Davis.
As for Timmons not being fined, head coach Mike Tomlin said last week that he thought the linebacker missed Kessler on the play in question and thus thought the call was wrong. With Timmons not getting fined, it appears as through Tomlin was right in his assessment.
McCullers will likely have his fine reduced to $8823.53 being as players can only be fined up to 25% of their weekly salary.
.@tribjoerutter confirms Dan McCullers fined $18,231 for roughing/passer Sun at Cle
Lawrence Timmons NOT fined for Kessler hit in same game
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) November 25, 2016