Steelers' Joey Porter facing 'clear fine' for interfering with Bengals players

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.

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.

Officials gave Porter the benefit of the doubt as there was real concern for Brown. The officials were working to clear the field and keep the two teams apart when Jones came in and tried to get at Porter, so he was penalized. There was a lot of talk back and forth and the crew was trying to get both teams to the sidelines.

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.

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. 

Joey Porter can expect a fine from the NFL. (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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