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Mike Tomlin fined $100,000

Jets coach Rex Ryan, right, and Steelers coach

Jets coach Rex Ryan, right, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin meet after the Jets' 22-17 win in Pittsburgh. (Dec. 19, 2010) Credit: AP

The NFL brought the hammer down on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, fining him $100,000 for interfering with a kickoff return in last Thursday's game against the Ravens. Tomlin was in the field of play when Ravens returner Jacoby Jones ran toward the Pittsburgh sideline. 

Not only was Tomlin fined, but the league said in its announcement that the Steelers could forfeit draft choices as a result of the incident. 

"Because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined," the league said.

The NFL also said the Steelers should have been assessed a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tomlin said yesterday he was wrong for being on the sideline stripe during the play, and that he would accept any penalty the league handed down. 

Tomlin and the other 31 coaches were warned the night before the game to stay behind the stripe that surrounds the field. 

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