The fumble recovery that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick returned for a touchdown a week ago Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams wound up costing him some money.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Fitzpatrick was fined $10,527 by the NFL for taunting players on the Rams by waiving bye-bye during his 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 1:44 left in the second quarter of the Week 10 game at Heinz Field. Fitzpatrick wasn’t flagged for taunting on that play, however.
Fitzpatrick will likely appeal the fine and say that he was waiving to his teammates and not members of the Rams. At least that’s an excuse I would offer. As you can see in the clip below, it’s really hard to pinpoint who Fitzpatrick is waiving at on his way to the end zone.
Personally, I hope we get to see Fitzpatrick waive bye-bye a few more times this season. He’s had five interceptions since the Steelers traded for him in Week 3 in addition to this fumble recovery against the Rams and a forced fumble in his first career game with Pittsburgh way back in Week 3.