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The Steelers' William Gay hits Browns quarterback Jason Campbell causing him to fumble in the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Cleveland.
By Alan Robinson
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Steelers cornerback William Gay was fined $15,750 by the NFL on Friday for a concussion-causing hit Sunday on Browns QB Jason Campbell that was not penalized.

Gay was fined for delivering a forcible blow to the head. Gay's hit caused a fumble that Will Allen returned 41 yards, leading to a touchdown.

Campbell left the game after striking his head hard on the turf and did not return, and he is out Sunday against Jacksonville. Gay was fined the same amount as 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks was for a hit on Saints QB Drew Brees the week before.

• Could defensive end Brett Keisel's Steelers career be over? Keisel played only seven snaps in Baltimore before being pulled because of plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition. Keisel probably needs the injury to improve significantly if he is to get back on the field this season.

• The Steelers had no more backup offensive linemen after tackles Kelvin Beachum (knee) and Mike Adams ankle) and center Fernando Velasco (ankle) were hurt against the Ravens. Velasco appears to be the most seriously injured; his ankle was in a protective boot following the game. “The 10 days we have off may not be enough for a lot of the guys,” safety Troy Polamalu said.

• Look for the NFL competition committee, of which Tomlin is a member, to consider revising the rule that a play stops immediately when a running back's helmet comes off. The rule was designed to protect a defenseless player from being hit in the head while running downfield without a helmet.

• The Steelers ran the same play on the failed 2-point conversion that they had just run on Ben Roethlisberger's 1-yard TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery. “You have a couple of 2-point plays, one designed specifically for Le'Veon Bell, but he's out,” Roethlisberger said. “We went back to the play that was good, which gave us a lot of options. ... It's a quick throw; I have to pick a side. There's no way to read it from right to left.”

• Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, allowing him to tie Terry Bradshaw's club record of 212 career TD throws. Roethlisberger was not sacked.

• The Steelers' only realistic hope for the playoffs with a 5-7 record is to win out as they did in 2005 by winning their final four. “We're going to keep fighting for one of those playoff spots,” guard Ramon Foster said. “We can't worry about this game.”

— Alan Robinson

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