The NFL has fined the Pittsburgh Steelers $75,000 and Mike Tomlin another $25,000 for failing to list QB Ben Roethlisberger on the injury report prior to Week 2’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to this tweet from NFLN’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Steelers have been fined $75,000 and coach Mike Tomlin fined $25,000 for violating the NFL Injury Report Policy by not accurately listing QB Ben Roethlisberger on the practice report prior to the team’s Week 2 game against #Seahawks, per me and @TomPelissero.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2019
Mason Rudolph might’ve been the man who spilled the beans about it, telling reporters he was aware Roethlisberger had discomfort in his elbow during the week.
Leading up to that game, Roethlisberger had Wednesday off, normal for his schedule, before practicing in full on Thursday and Friday. His absence and return was listed as “coaches decision” and “not injury related.”
Roethlisberger tore a muscle in his right elbow in the second quarter of the Seahawks’ game. The team announced he would need season-ending surgery the next day.
Despite the fines, it appears the league didn’t take away any of the team’s draft picks for 2020. So the impact won’t be felt by anything other than Art Rooney II’s and Mike Tomlin’s wallet.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers have stated they expect him to make a full recovery and return next season.