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Steelers notebook: Brown fined for incident vs. Bengals

| Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 10:54 a.m.

Three days later, the NFL fined a player as the result of an incident during Sunday's Steelers-Bengals game.

It wasn't whom the Steelers might have hoped, though.

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown acknowledged Wednesday he was fined for actions during Sunday's win. He didn't specify either the amount or reason, but he was flagged for a crack-back block and was involved in a fight — both subject to fines.

“I've been getting fined for the last two weeks,” said Brown, who was fined last week for excessive celebration in the win over Indianapolis. “I can't tell you because my lawyer told me not to disclose it.”

The league didn't fine Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict for a late and low hit on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Burfict's agent, Audie Attar, confirmed.

Roethlisberger said on his weekly 93.7 FM radio show Tuesday that he believed Burfict intentionally tried to hit him low during a first-quarter pass rush. While speaking to media Wednesday, Roethlisberger said he was “done worrying about that and got to move forward.”

Multiple Steelers echoed Roethlisberger's sentiments after several Steelers players had recently expressed their dislike of Burfict's on-field demeanor.

“I'm not worried about anybody but me,” Brown said.

“Obviously, that was a dirty play,” offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “That was last week, and I'm moving on. Obviously, they (NFL) didn't fine him. So, whatever they are thinking doesn't matter to us.”

Ben mum on officiating

No penalty was called on Burfict even though hitting a quarterback low inside the pocket is illegal. However, it isn't illegal if the referee feels the defender was pushed into the quarterback.

Roethlisberger sidestepped the question of whether he thinks referees are doing enough to protect quarterbacks inside the pocket.

“I guess so,” he said. “You have to be careful on how you answer that, I guess. I might get in trouble.”

Dupree does not practice

Rookie linebacker Bud Dupree (back) was among four Steelers who did not practice because of injury concerns.

Veteran tight ends Heath Miller (rib) and Matt Spaeth (knee) also did not practice — but their ailments are carryovers from last week when each did not practice Wednesday but played extensively Sunday.

Safety Mike Mitchell (shoulder) also sat out, as coach Mike Tomlin had indicated was likely. Ryan Shazier was not listed on the injury report, after Tomlin suggested he might be Tuesday.

Heyward nets donation

Defensive end Cam Heyward, who was named the team's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year earlier this month, received a $10,000 donation from Nationwide Insurance on behalf of his charity, the Heyward House.

“I want to thank my teammates for participating in all I want to do in the community,” Heyward said. “I've been given a platform to pursue my causes.”

Launched in May, the Heyward House focuses on outreach programs for kids, including after-school programs. Heyward is involved with several other charity organizations, including United Way.

“You can donate your time and you can donate your money,” he said. “But when you can donate both, you're moving in the right direction.”

‘Black and Yellow' finale

Pittsburgh native rap artist Wiz Khalifa will perform 25 minutes prior to Sunday's game against Denver at Heinz Field as part of the Steelers' “Thank You Fans” festivities for their final home game of the season.

Actor/comedian Billy Gardell — another local product — will lead the pregame Terrible Towel twirl, and former Steelers running back Barry Foster will conduct a meet-and-greet.

Mark Kaboly, Ralph N. Paulk and Chris Adamski are staff writers for Trib Total Media.

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