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Steelers-Bengals fines total more than $83K

Chris Adamski
| Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, 4:09 p.m.
Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter (right) is surrounded by Bengals defenders, as Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is taken from the field during the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati.
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Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter (right) is surrounded by Bengals defenders, as Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is taken from the field during the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati.

The tally is in from the NFL: Last week's Steelers-Bengals wild-card playoff game resulted in a total of six fines to six players and coaches for $83,665.

That's in addition to the three-game suspension levied on Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict that was announced earlier this week.

The league Friday confirmed fines to three Bengals players and three members of the Steelers organization for actions during last Saturday's meeting between the AFC North rivals.

Steelers guard Ramon Foster was docked $17,363, and coaches Joey Porter and Mike Munchak received $10,000 fines.

Porter, the team's outside linebackers coach, went on the field and interacted with Bengals players after Antonio Brown was injured during the game's final minute.

Late in the first quarter, Munchak grabbed Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson when Nelson ran out of bounds while pursuing Steelers runner Jordan Todman late in the first quarter. Foster was flagged for a “leg whip.”

Bengals fines were handed out to cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones ($28,940) and defensive linemen Domata Peko and Wallace Gilberry ($8,681 each).

Jones' fine was for unsportsmanlike conduct. He made contact with an official when he appeared to be attempting to engage Porter after Gilberry had bumped Porter.

Peko ran onto the field — from the sideline and wearing a raincoat — during the second quarter to shove Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint in the back.

When the Steelers and Bengals met last month, the NFL levied 10 fines to eight players totaling $147,587, including almost $70,000 to Burfict for three incidents in the Steelers' victory.

Burfict's suspension announced Monday was for “repeated violations of safety-related playing rules,” according to the league. The most recent one was the use of his shoulder to make forcible contact to the head and neck of a defenseless Brown with 22 seconds to play.

The hit caused a concussion that will prevent Brown from playing in the divisional round game Sunday at Denver. It also sparked the on-field chaos that resulted in the fines to Porter, Gilberry and Jones.

Burfict also had the sack of Ben Roethlisberger, in which he suffered an injured shoulder that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Replays appear to show Burfict intentionally driving into Roethlisberger's shoulder after the play.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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