LOOK: Steelers-Bengals game leads to nearly $140,000 in player fines

The NFL will soon be collecting some serious money from the Bengals and Steelers, thanks to some hefty fines that were handed out this week.

A total of seven players were hit with fines following Pittsburgh's 33-20 win over Cincinnati on Sunday, and those seven fines came out to a total of $138,906.

So how do you rack up almost $140,000 in fines?

It takes a lot of players doing a lot of illegal things. Let's look at the list of players who were fined.

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict: $69,454. Burfict was hit with three separate fines for his play in Sunday's game. The Bengals linebacker was fined for unnecessary roughness, facemasking an opponent and roughing the passer on this low hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to NFL.com, Burfict's exact fine for hitting Roethlisberger was $34,700.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell: $23,152. Mitchell got nailed with this fine as punishment for making an illegal hit on Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert.

Not only did the helmet-to-helmet hit knock Eifert out of the game with a concussion, but it also did enough damage to keep Eifert of this week's game. The Bengals tight end won't play against San Francisco on Sunday.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green: $11,576. Green was fined for punting the ball into the crowd after catching a 66-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron.

McCarron was probably a little sad to see the ball from his first career touchdown pass go flying into the crowd. Generally, a player only gets fined $5,787 for what the Bengals receiver did, but Green got hit with a bigger fine because it was the second time this season he's sent a ball into the crowd.

Steelers David DeCastro: $8,681. DeCastro was fined for grabbing the facemask of Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown: $8,681. Brown got into a slap fight with Bengals defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick, but that's not what he was fined for.

The Steelers wide receiver was fined for a crackback block he made on Reggie Nelson.

Steelers defensive backs William Gay and Steelers Brandon Boykin: $8,681 each. These two were fined for the same thing. After Gay picked off McCarron and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown, the two started doing a celebration that the NFL considers "excessive."

I'm sure Gay and Boykin will gladly write a check for their fines.

Total fines: $138,906.

A.J. Green was one of seven players from the Bengals-Steelers game who got fined. (USATSI)
A.J. Green was one of seven players from the Steelers-Bengals game who got fined. (USATSI)
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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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