Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston each played a role in the most significant play of Monday night’s 16-13 loss to the Steelers, although the NFL was a little more concerned with their actions on other plays in the game.
Hali and Houston, who were both in on the sack that knocked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game and out of this week’s game with shoulder and rib injuries, have each been fined by the league. Hali was fined $25,000 for hitting Roethlisberger’s backup Byron Leftwich with his helmet in the fourth quarter. Hali was flagged for roughing the passer on the play, which helped move the Steelers close enough to take a 13-10 lead with a Shaun Suisham field goal.
Houston picked up a smaller fine for his starring role in a Chiefs group touchdown celebration in the third quarter. Houston recovered what was ruled a fumble on the field and returned it for a touchdown before celebrating with the rest of the Chiefs defense. The team was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and Houston has now received a $7,875 fine for the transgression.
Making matters worse, the touchdown was wiped out when the call was overturned to an incomplete pass. The penalty stood, though.