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Tomlin: NFL shouldn't fine Polamalu for cell use

Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:01 pm
 
Will Polamalu face punishment for using cell phone? (AP)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Other than beating the Jaguars Sunday, the big news for the Steelers was that Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu had to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms following a Maurice Jones-Drew tackle. The good news is that Polamalu is fine and should play against the Cardinals this week.

“[Troy] appears to be good to go,” Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his news conference. “He did a concussion test, and he passed it. He met with our neurosurgeon [Dr. Joseph Maroon], and he’s very comfortable where he is.”

The bad news is that Polamalu may face a fine from the league for … using a cell phone from the Steelers' bench. The NFL prohibits players and coaches from using cell phones on the sidelines during games, presumably because Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez would order takeout (and, obviously, Rex Ryan would have the requisite snack requests -- naughty language alert).

But Polamalu wasn't on the horn for anything untoward -- he was calling his wife, Theodora, to let her know he was okay. Tomlin was asked if he thought the league might fine the Steelers safety anyway.

"He's had a history of concussion-like symptoms and so forth in the past. She was concerned. In this era of player safety, you would think that common sense would prevail in regards to some of those things," Tomlin said. "It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account. He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine, and that was it."

As PFT.com points out, the NFL has a history of meting out heavy fines to players and coaches who break this particular rule. During the 2005 season, then-Falcons head coach Jim Mora was fined $25,000 for using a cell phone during the team's overtime loss to the Bucs.

Then there's the guy probably most responsible for the current no-phone sideline situation: former Saints wideout Joe Horn. Back in 2003, he got the bright idea to hide a cell phone in the goal post padding, which led to this spectacle.

As for Polamalu, we'd like to think that Tomlin's right -- common sense will prevail. But if the league's haphazard policy for punishing players is any guide, Polamalu can expect anything from no fine to a four-game suspension.

Because if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is anything, he's unpredictable.

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Comments

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Tomlin: NFL shouldn't fine Polamalu for cell use

I"m a steeler fan but I have to agree. It was a rule, he broke it. So he gets fined. Period. 



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Tomlin: NFL shouldn't fine Polamalu for cell use

Tomlin . "It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account. He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine, and that was it."
By it's very definition it is a personal call.  Well you still have to hand it to Tomlin for backing his players, even if his statement is a little off.






Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Tomlin: NFL shouldn't fine Polamalu for cell use

He should be fined because he broke a very specific rule and the rule is there for good reason.  If you don't know the reason, look it up.
This isn't subject to review like a late hit or a helmet hit.  Simple rule.  He broke it.  Fine is legitimate.


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