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Tomlin fined $100K, club could lose pick

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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's ill-timed two-step has cost him $100,000 and could cost his team a pick in next year's draft. The league fined Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.

The NFL also said it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field."

Tomlin was not penalized on the play, though the NFL said Tomlin should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for nearly colliding with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones during a kickoff return midway through the third quarter of a 22-20 Ravens victory.

The seventh-year head coach called the play "embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal and a blunder" but stressed it was not intentional.

Tomlin was standing on the restricted white border between the sideline and field during Jones' kickoff return. Jones had to swerve to avoid running into the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return that might have gone for a TD.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 5, 2013 D5

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