NFL fines Steelers' Brown after Bears game
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 4:45 p.m.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had the best game of his career Sunday against the Bears, but it came at a hefty price.
Brown was fined more than $16,000 by the league Wednesday for two separate incidents — a face mask and an unnecessary roughness call.
Brown was penalized on both plays.
The first fine was result of a third-quarter punt return when Brown stiff-armed Chicago's Sherrick McManis as he was going out of bounds after a short return. The other came because of a late hit on Chicago safety Chris Conte after an interception late in the game. Brown was penalized 15 yards on that play, as well.
Brown, who caught a nine passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the 40-23 loss to the Bears, will appeal both fines.
• Brown had the best game of his career, and tackle Kelvin Beachum played well, too, but neither was satisfied with his individual performance. “It doesn't matter because it was a loss,” Brown said. Beachum said: “It really didn't matter because we didn't win, and that's all that matters.”
•Ramon Foster wanted to take more of a leadership role with the unit since the loss of Maurkice Pouncey but really didn't know how to go about it. So Foster, the elder statesman on the line, sought advice from Mike Tomlin. “You don't want to get to a point you talk to them like you are a parent, so I wanted to find a way to pull more out of the guys without talking down to them or at them,” Foster said. “I went to him for some advice. We had a really good talk about certain guys and certain things we want to get accomplished.”
• Tomlin decided against going to London early like the Vikings, saying he wanted to get the majority of the work in a familiar setting. But Ben Roethlisberger isn't' sure if that is the best decision. “I don't know,” Roethlisberger said. I've been over there a couple times, and I know the jet lag does get to you. It is a wasted day when you get over there because you are so exhausted.”
• Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) sat out of practice Wednesday. Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle), running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) participated fully.
• A week after being pitted against Julius Peppers, left tackle Mike Adams gets the assignment of blocking Vikings defensive end Jared Allen . “He is a big and physical guy who is athletic and has a great motor,” Adams said.
• First-round pick Jarvis Jones is three games into his professional career and has yet to pick up his first sack.Jones, who had 14.5 sacks in 12 games at Georgia last year, said the biggest reason he hasn't recorded on this season is how fast quarterbacks in the NFL get rid of the ball. “They don't hold the ball,” Jones said. “They get it out. They are either going to throw it away or get it to someone down the field. The quarterback isn't going to hold it long enough for you to get there, and I understand that.” Jones has one quarterback hurry in 42 times he's rushed the passer this year.
• Zoltan Mesko punted at London's Wembley Stadium last year when he was with the Patriots and was impressed with the playing surface, calling it one of the premier places to kick in the world.“I would compare it to a golf fairway so that a soccer ball can skip off it nicely,” Mesko said.Mesko punted twice in last year's win over the Rams, averaging 56.6 yards.“It's a beautiful field,” he said.
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