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NFL tells Steelers they won't lose draft pick

Steelers Don't Lose Draft Pick

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II says the NFL has told the team it will not be docked a pick in this year's draft for coach Mike Tomlin's foray onto the field against Baltimore last November.

Tomlin was fined $100,000 for stepping onto the field during a lengthy kickoff return by Baltimore's Jacoby Jones during a loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. The league said at the time of the penalty it would consider taking away a pick in May's draft once the draft order was established.

The Steelers finished 8-8 and narrowly missed the postseason, leaving the team with the 15th pick in the first round of the draft.

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jdkrepairs March 21 2014 at 9:55 AM

PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK. LAST SEASON HAD MORE BAD CALLS I'VE EVER SEEN. IF THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING STOP THE FAVORTISIM OF REF'S

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ems6500 jdkrepairs March 21 2014 at 10:43 AM

what does that have to do with this- nothing

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kpollis jdkrepairs March 21 2014 at 2:45 PM

you are right about the ref's, but coach Tomlin did something uncharacteristic of him, I believe, and it was clearly intentional, and a cheap unsportsmanlike move on his part. I think however, it evens out because the NFL let the biased,incompetent ref's steal that final playoff berth/wildcard slot from the Steelers, and handed it to SD, SD was clearly outplayed the final season game by the second and third string KC teams. If the ref's hadn't intervened and handed the game/win to SD, then that final wildcard would have gone to Puittsburgh, the only one of the 4 teams vying fopr that final playoff slot that won its last game fair and square.

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YourFtr March 20 2014 at 11:07 PM

The KR
in his own way......
The most exciting player on the field.....!

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mgz1970 March 21 2014 at 11:19 AM

I might agree about the sanctions if it had any outcome of the game. Ravens won 22-20 as I remember. 2007 New England Patriots videotaping went on for years changing the outcome of many games and the Patroits didn't have to relinquish any of their championships. I don't know about any of you $100,000 is a huge sum of cash to be throwing away.

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rohrscheibcroh March 21 2014 at 12:00 PM

that sucks .he did it intentionally . he knows the rules

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D.I.( Debi) March 21 2014 at 5:32 AM

Please, please pick some good ones for ooffensive protection, Big Ben is huge, but too many sacks, PROTECT OUR QUARTERBACK!!

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occhurchpastor D.I.( Debi) March 21 2014 at 7:02 AM

Ya, Baby Hughy needs all the protection he can get since he is a terrible QB

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tincup2005 March 21 2014 at 5:50 AM

Snoorrrrr. With all going on in the world, anyone who gets wired over this needs to seriously get a life. Want to know whose life has no meaning? Just watch the posters who try to interject politics into the conversation. Move on. I saw the play. No intent, just lost in the moment and goofed. Next subject, please.

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kpollis tincup2005 March 21 2014 at 3:14 PM

I agree with tincup, except I cant understand how he "saw the play" and is so gullible/in such denial that he could actually say Tomlin had "no intent", jyust goofed. Tomlin himself admitted it was intentional, not that he had to verbally admit it, his Cheshire grin when he did it said it all. as for "next subject,please", well, tincup, these are all supposed to be comments on THIS subject. You correctly said so yourself that those nitwits interjecting politics here are off subject. So move to another article if
you don't want to discuss this one.

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onebigcanine March 21 2014 at 6:45 AM

In other news, what are the odds of the Steelers making the playoffs this year????

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Rusty onebigcanine March 21 2014 at 7:00 AM

About as much of a chance as they had last year, With thier ancient safety Troy Polamalu and a quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that gets less effective every year that goes by they will finish the season this year at 6 & 8.

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bohdy777 Rusty March 21 2014 at 7:24 AM

6 & 8. Aren't there 16 games?

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plewdawg March 21 2014 at 7:51 AM

Huffington Post blocks the hard stories from being commented on but allows everyone to participate in this "fluff". Gutless political cowards that FEAR conservatism. Get a following of fans: BANNED. Destroy their high school "journalist": BANNED. Show just how lie and twist the truth: BANNED. AOL would be wise to get rid of this progressive lie and replace it with something more neutral. Huffington Post is a joke.

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J. R. Gilbert plewdawg March 21 2014 at 9:06 AM

No one is forced to read or comment here.

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kpollis March 21 2014 at 2:36 PM

Peter Waterman--you sure have it wrong--it was [pretty velar from his grin that he couldn't suppress thast he did it intentionally. I knew the NFL wouldn't do anything to him, as after all, he just did something wrong/unfair to the Ravens, its not like he did something to a team the NFL likes, such as NE. So lets be honest. I think the NFL SHOULD have done something FOR the Steelers, after the NFL let the incompetent, biased ref's hand that last playoff spot to SD when Pittsburgh is the only one of the 4 teams vying for that final playoff berth to have won fair and square that final game of the regular season. The Raverns and Miami lost, their own faults. SD was handed the win by the ref's. KC's second/tyhird string way outplayed SD. But the Steelers won therir final game fair and square, and deserved that final playoff berth. So it's OK by me that the NFL let the Steelers off the hook for that draft pick loss. Let's just hope this year there are consequences to the ref's for screw-ups, hit em in the pockets, suspend them for incompetence, do something.

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aaronwambold March 21 2014 at 11:23 AM

The NFL always favors the Rooneys. No shock here.

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