The National Football League is looking into Mike Tomlin’s interference in Thursday night’s game when his foot was placed on the field while Ravens’ kick returner Jacoby Jones was in the midst of running back a 73 yard kick when cornerback Cortez Allen tackled him. The officials of Thursday night’s game could have given the Ravens an automatic touchdown, but ruled against it.
With the NFL looking into the situation, a number of things could happen. The most severe case would be Tomlin being suspended, however, that looks to be already out of the question.
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown reported today that Tomlin may have to pay a six-figure fine due to his placement on Thursday night. The NFL will most likely fine the Steelers organization as well as their head coach. The National Football League will also look into taking away a pick in the upcoming draft in May.
Tomlin had this to say after Thursday’s game: “I always watch the returns on the jumbotron. It provides a better perspective for me. I lost my placement as he broke free. I saw it at the last second and saw how close I was to the field of play.”
These punishments maybe too harsh on Tomlin when it looked like Jones was going to be tackled by Allen anyways. However, the principle of his actions are what the NFL will look into.