CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin could be facing a six-figure fine after the NFL completes its 'aggressive review' of the incident involving Tomlin and Baltimore kick returner Jacoby Jones.
During the third quarter of the Ravens 22-20 win over Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving Day, Tomlin stepped in front of Jones during a kickoff return that Jones might have scored on if Tomlin hadn't gotten in the way. Jones ended up being tackled on the Steelers 27-yard line.
Tomlin said he was watching the JumboTron during the return and the entire thing was basically an accident.
"I always watch the returns on the JumboTron; it provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin said on Thursday. "I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play. I do it quite often, like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong, I accept responsibility."
However, the video below -- taken by KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh -- makes it look like Tomlin timed his jump towards Jones.
According to La Canfora the NFL should make a ruling in the Tomlin case on Monday or Tuesday.
"They're going to be very aggressive in his discipline. At the very least, I expect Tomlin to get a fine, it very well could be $100,000," La Canfora said. "It certainly will be more than the $50,000 that Jason Kidd just got from the NBA. I also expect the Steelers to get a six digit fine, it could be $100,000, maybe a little more."
Besides a fine, the Steelers could also lose a draft pick because of Tomlin's antics.
"The real question is do they dock them a draft pick or not. It is very much on the table, it is under consideration," La Canfora said. "The league believes there's some merit to that argument. Within their organization, I can tell you they're fearful of that."