Cam Heyward avoids fine for apparent pro wrestling move on Justin Herbert

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Sunday night’s game between the Steelers and Chargers included a bizarre moment at the end of a 36-yard, fourth-quarter run by L.A. quarterback Justin Herbert. Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward seemed to flip Herbert over and punch him in the stomach.

Heyward was flagged for his conduct. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, he was not fined.

It looked cartoonish, like a move from a professional wrestling match. Yes, it appeared that Heyward punched Herbert. But the punch was half-hearted, lacking full force and momentum.

Heyward said after the game that he didn’t deliberately punch Herbert

“I couldn’t get up, and I fell back on him,” Heyward said. “I know it looks terrible, [but] there was nothing malicious behind it. I don’t think I was trying to punch him, but I know it looks worse than it is in slow motion. I’m sorry if I did anything to offend anybody. I wish I had said more to Justin after, but there was nothing behind it.”

Heyward has always been a player who does the right thing, on and off the field. He deserves the benefit of the doubt. The absence of a fine means that the league decided to give it to him.

25 responses to “Cam Heyward avoids fine for apparent pro wrestling move on Justin Herbert

  1. The league response might perhaps have been much different if he played for a team other than the Steelers.

  2. Two comments already have pointed out the Rooney Rule effect here. Good luck not getting fined for the same conduct if you played for about half the teams in the NFL.

  3. Ya, but they got Clyde…. Finger pointing is so violent and mean, so the NFL would have us believe…

  4. Like Cam said, it didn’t look good, but I don’t think this is a Steelers thing so much as it’s a Cam and his reputation thing. In 11 seasons of being one of the toughest defenders in the NFL, dude’s been fined twice and one of those was for wearing eyeblack with his Dad’s name on it. If the Rooneys had all this power to influence these decisions there would have been a 15 yarder and a fine for the head shot on a defenseless Cameron Sutton after the pick, which was much more brutal than this.

  5. No fine for a play that could have hurt someone bad, but 10,000 fine for taunting crazy how the NFL thinks.

  6. Translation: we’d like to have him in future NBC broadcasts/inteviews so lets give him a pass.

  7. A Raiders player was fined roughly two weeks after a game so maybe they are still reviewing it.

    Probably not.

    Point at a guy? $13,000. Do anything to a player laying on the ground you want for free. Heck, do you want to sucker punch a player on the field after the game ends? All good.

    Thanks for playing….

  8. Steeler hometown discount. It is pretty maddening but just wait until the NFL gives them their next QB.

  9. partmachine says:
    November 27, 2021 at 8:07 pm
    Steeler hometown discount. It is pretty maddening but just wait until the NFL gives them their next QB.

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    Huh?!!!! Waited 25 years for Ben.
    Go root for your Cowboys who have had QBs since Aikman and haven’t won anything.

  10. you all have managed to sound even softer than that “punch”. If you really believe that he punched him with any type of force or malicious intent, you’re more than likely just biased. sorry your franchise hasnt been as successful. hang in there though.

  11. WhatInSamHill says:
    November 27, 2021 at 8:41 pm
    To all you Steeler haters:

    🖕🏻
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    The Steelers couldn’t even beat the worse team in the NFL. Enjoy!

  12. “Come on. It’s obvious he wasn’t trying to hurt Herbert this is ridiculous.”

    Are you blind? Is this how Cam shakes hands?
    Who’s ridiculous?

  13. It’s very telling how quickly people rush to judge. It’s because they want to. Jaded, angry interneters. There was nothing behind that. He was just catching himself after being bumped from behind. Herbert didn’t even react to it so it obviously had no force. If you’re laying on the ground and anyone punches you in the belly you’re going to double up…but he didn’t. Nothing to see here.

  14. “Huh?!!!! Waited 25 years for Ben.
    Go root for your Cowboys who have had QBs since Aikman and haven’t won anything.”
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    Really? Lets list out those great qb’s since Aikman: Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchenson, Viney Testavertie, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsow, Tony Romo (finally a good one), John Kitna, Matt Cassel, Brandon Wheaton, Kelly Moore, and then Dak.

  15. But wow, that Bears player standing half a field away from the opposing team’s bench – well that was just diabolical. Good thing he got that $13,000 fine. I guess he should have gone over and punched someone.

  16. The NFL and the refs will take care of the Steelers against the Bengals.
    Bengals have no shot. League will not let them when that game.

  17. If Heyward really punched Herbert, with Herbert so exposed, Herbert would have puked. It’s an odd move, for sure, but you can tell that there is no force behind it. If, as he says, Heyward was falling and was just trying to brace himself, it’s better than simply falling on Herbert, which would have resulted in a fine.

    Watch it at regular speed, not slow motion.

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