NFL fines Tomlin $100K

PITTSBURGH — The NFL fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's $100,000 Wednesday for interfering with a play against the Ravens on Thanksgiving. The league also said it will consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field."

Tomlin was standing on the restricted white border between the sideline and field during Jacoby Jones' kickoff return. Jones had to swerve to avoid Tomlin and was tackled after a 73-yard return that might have gone for a touchdown if not for the obstruction. Baltimore was held to a field goal on the ensuing possession of its 22-20 win.

Tomlin called the play "embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal and a blunder" but stressed it was not intentional.

Tomlin said Tuesday that he was "mesmerized" by watching the return on the videoboard.

Tomlin's fine is the largest for a coach since $500,000 for New England's Bill Belichick in 2007 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.

Early London game: Next season's London game between the Falcons and Lions will kick off at 2:30 p.m. local time and 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Previous London games started at 6 and 1 p.m., respectively. Next season's other two London games will start at 1 Eastern.

Wiretapping: Federal charges for two men who intercepted a call between Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and Bills GM Buddy Nix were dropped. But Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser, who sold the recording of the conversation to deadspin.com for $200, must abide by undisclosed conditions.

Browns: Coach Rob Chud­zinski said he hasn't decided on a starting quarterback. Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are recovering from concussions. Caleb Hanie (who started four games for Chicago in 2011 and signed Tuesday) and rookie Alex Tanney (who signed last week) split first-team reps on Wednesday. Also, starting defensive end Desmond Bryant is out for the season with an irregular heartbeat that will require surgery. The team said his career is not in jeopardy.

Cardinals: Running back Andre Ellington, who sat out last weekend with a knee injury, did not practice but said he expects to play Sunday. Receiver Michael Floyd missed practice with an ankle injury. His status won't be determined until later this week.

Chiefs: Starting left tackle Branden Albert missed practice with a hyperextended knee. The team said he is day to day.

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he expects to know if he will return by Saturday at the latest. Rodgers, who broke his collarbone Nov. 4 against the Bears, says he has good strength and range of motion but scans reveal the bone hasn't fully healed.

Rams: Guard Harvey Dahl practiced after missing four games with a left knee injury and expects to play Sunday.

Vikings: Coach Leslie Frazier said Matt Cassel "more than likely" will start at quarterback Sunday. Christian Ponder is still recovering from a concussion sustained last weekend. Also, cornerback Chris Cook was fined $26,250 for making contact with an official on Sunday.

NFL fines Tomlin $100K 12/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:30pm]

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