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Pittsburgh Steelers: Tomlin fined $100,000 for entering field

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As expected, Mike Tomlin has been handed a punishment by the NFL for his inexplicable encroachment onto the field in the Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The NFL issued a statement in response to on Wednesday and revealed the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach would be fined $100,000, while also consider removing or modifying the franchise's draft picks once the the order is finalised come the end of the season in 2014.

It was a bizarre incident during the third quarter of the match; Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones was returning a kick-off and looked like he could go all the way, but was forced to slow and evade Tomlin, who had stepped onto the field and jumped out of the way at the last second.

Tomlin has since insisted he did not do it intentionally - though an exclusive new KDKA video angle raises some doubts - and refused to defend his actions and would accept the punishment he was given.

While it did definitely affect Jones' kick return, the Steelers could not take advantage and eventually lost by a 22-20 margin in Baltimore.

The league have expectedly taken a dim view of Tomlin's intervention and the hefty fine added to a possible draft pick being removed may well be enough to warn any other NFL head coaches against getting too close to the field.

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