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.
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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.