Steelers' Joey Porter facing 'clear fine' for interfering with Bengals players
Joey Porter played a part in Saturday night's Steelers-Bengals game and as a result he's getting fined.
The Bengals' playoff implosion Saturday night was one for the ages, an epic meltdown when they seemingly had the game in hand. Behavior during the final 120 seconds is going to result in fines and suspensions.
Vontaze Burfict is facing a suspension for his hit on Antonio Brown (it was the definition of a cheap shot) and Steelers coach Joey Porter will likely get fined for his behavior from the game as well. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports Porter is facing a "clear fine for being on the field and interfering with players."
Porter was on the field during the final seconds of the game and appeared to be ... having words with Bengals defensive back Adam Jones. The interaction led to a flag for Jones. La Canfora reports Porter told Steelers players he "was trying to attend to" Brown but will probably be disciplined anyway.
Porter in the middle of it. Pacman penalty. pic.twitter.com/bNDjecxWYi— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 10, 2016
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said this in a statement:
As is the case during the regular season, any play or situation that involves a violation or potential violation of player safety rules or unsportsmanlike conduct – whether penalized or not during the game – is reviewed for possible discipline as per our standard protocol.
La Canfora reports that, according to league sources, assistant coaches are not allowed on the field during an injury timeout. Medical staff, trainers, attendants and the head coach can come out to see to the welfare of the player. With an injury that appears to be more serious, however, you will see players and other staff out on the field at times to check on player.
The Steelers can't be too mad at the NFL regardless of what happens fine-wise -- the flag on Jones moved the Steelers' winning field-goal attempt up and was just another layer in a disastrous final seconds for Cincy.
If NFL fines Joey Porter for being on field, Steelers should double it in bonus to him. Without Pacman penalty, 50 FG try stead of 35 to win— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 10, 2016
The bottom line is Porter -- a notably, ahem, chatty player when he was in the NFL -- has no business being in the Bengals' defensive huddle and talking with opposing players out in the middle of the field while there's game action going on.
But the Bengals lost their cool at a critical moment and as a result it means they're going home in January, an annual tradition like no other.
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