PITTSBURGH — The NFL fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
The fine is the second-highest ever levied by the league on a head coach, behind only the $500,000 the NFL docked New England’s Bill Belichick in 2007 for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals.
There is also the chance the Steelers have a draft pick taken away “because the conduct affected a play on the field.” Though he was not penalized, the league said the Steelers should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
All that from what Tomlin called an “embarrassing, inexcusable” case of being “mesmerized” while standing in a restricted area that separates the sideline from the playing field and staring at the video board during Jones’ 73-yard return.
Game will start at
6:30 a.m. Tucson time
LONDON — London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
The NFL said Wednesday the game next season between the Falcons and the Lions at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 26 will start at 1:30 p.m. local time, making it a 6:30 a.m. kickoff in Tucson.
The league said the switch will make it easier for a large global audience to tune in, and create an unprecedented fourth game window for American viewers that Sunday.