In October, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left a game with “concussion-like symptoms” and picked up a cell phone on the sideline to call his wife and tell her he was OK.
As a result, the NFL fined him $10,000, because cell phone use during games is not allowed.
But now there’s some good news for Polamalu, and for fans who think a five-figure fine is slightly excessive for an offense as trivial as checking in with a loved one after an injury: Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Polamalu was notified on Thursday that he has won his appeal of the fine.
NFL players aren’t allowed to use cell phones, iPads, laptops or other electronics during games, so Polamalu technically did violate the rules. But the appeal shows that sometimes, common sense can win out over the letter of the law.