Discipline coming for Steelers' coach Porter?
An unsportsmanlike conduct flag on Adam Jones provided the final 15 yards of the Steelers' winning drive Saturday — and the Bengals contend that it was drawn via antagonism by Joey Porter.
The Steelers outside linebackers coach was on the field purportedly to check on receiver Antonio Brown, who'd been briefly knocked out cold by a hit from Vontaze Burfict. Ultimately, Jones was flagged for actions toward Porter.
“Their guy (Jones) pushed him (Porter), and that's going to get a penalty every time,” Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said.
Porter, though, could be fined by the NFL for being on the field.
NFL rules prohibit assistant coaches from going onto the field, even to check on a player for injury. However, officials often use discretion to not enforce the rule, particularly when players appear to be seriously injured.
Jones went on profanity-laced tirades to the media in the locker room after the game, to an NFL.com reporter over the phone and in a social media posting. Jones blamed Porter for going onto the field and being an antagonist, and the officials for not penalizing Porter and the Steelers.
Steelers players maintain the flag on Jones was justified.
“It was a penalty, that's what I think,” linebacker James Harrison said.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.
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