After the Bengals lost to the Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the NFL suspended Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict three games for repeated violations of the league’s rules on player safety and fined other players and a pair of Steelers coaches for their actions during the game.
Among those fines was a $10,000 penalty for Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak for pulling Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s hair at the end of a play that saw Nelson run onto the Steelers sideline while pursuing running back Jordan Todman.
On Sunday, Munchak was in Houston for a Special Olympics event and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that he said the league “has rescinded my fine after reviewing the video.” The NFL has not confirmed any change to the fine handed down in January.
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was initially fined $28,940 for making contact with an official while jawing with Steelers assistant Joey Porter, but that fine was reduced to $12,500 on appeal. Porter was fined $10,000 for being on the field after Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was knocked out by the Burfict hit that led to his suspension. Burfict’s appeal was denied and there’s been no word of any alteration to Porter’s penalty.