Steelers won't lose a draft pick for Mike Tomlin sideline incident against Ravens

The Baltimore Sun

The Pittsburgh Steelers won't be punished further for the Thanksgiving night sideline incident involving coach Mike Tomlin in which he nearly collided with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones.

Steelers team president Art Rooney II on Thursday announced that the NFL informed the team that it won't be docked a draft pick.

When Tomlin was fined $100,000, former NFL vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said that the Steelers could face additional punishment in the form of a draft pick being forfeited.

However, the NFL has moved on from the incident and Tomlin remains a member of the influential NFL competition committee.

When Tomlin was fined last season, Ravens defensive end Chris Canty said: "I think the punishment fits the crime. The NFL does a good job of disciplining its employees."

Tomlin had his back turned to the play while watching the kickoff return on the Jumbotron at M&T Bank Stadium during Jones' 73-yard kickoff return.

Jones altered his path along the sideline before being tackled from behind by cornerback Cortez Allen during the second half of the Ravens’ 22-20 victory.

Tomlin violated Rule 13, Section 1, Article 4 of the NFL rulebook for being in the restricted white border that surrounds the playing field and setting foot on the field during the play.

During an apologetic press conference prior to the fine being levied, Tomlin said he was embarrassed.

"I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization," Tomlin said in a statement after being fined. "I accept the penalty that I received."

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