George Pickens wasn’t fined for hit that sparked ejection

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Sometimes, the league’s decisions regarding who to fine and who not to fine make perfect sense. Sometimes, they don’t.

Late in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, the Steelers attempted an onside kick. Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd recovered the ball. Steelers receiver George Pickens hit Boyd while he was on the ground.

Pickens led with his helmet. The maneuver resulted in an ejection. It did not result in a fine.

It’s unclear why he wouldn’t have been fined. The rules prohibit a player from lowering his helmet and making forcible contact with an opponent. While it seems to happen regularly during games without a flag being thrown, it tends to get called when the resulting impact cries out for something to be done.

Case in point, in Week 10, 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw was penalized and ejected for lowering his helmet and forcibly striking Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. And, frankly, the Greenlaw hit didn’t look as bad as the Pickens hit.

The Pickens hit looked bad. It’s why he was ejected. So why wasn’t he fined?

The league rarely provides an explanation when such decisions are disclosed. This one cries out for more details.

Players and coaches need to know what isn’t and isn’t permitted. Media and fans crave certainty and clarity, too. The decision not to fine Pickens makes it harder for everyone to understand the limits of the permissible techniques.

And the explanation can’t be that the ejection was enough. It was garbage time, with the Bengals taking two knees and ending the game. Pickens didn’t miss a single snap of offense.

Whatever the explanation, it’s unlikely that one will be volunteered. It should be.

17 responses to “George Pickens wasn’t fined for hit that sparked ejection

  1. Pickens has a history and my guess is this won’t be the last time he is in a controversy. Patterns himself after Burfict which is a bold strategy. Let’s see how it works out.

  2. Nor should he be, it was a clean play, and the league agrees. Bungle fans will whine about anything. How about the way their commit holding on practically every play?

  3. thewanderer says:
    November 26, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    The league has never been fond of disciplining Steelers players. The beat goes on.

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    James Harrison says hi.

  4. footballer23 says:
    November 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm
    Nor should he be, it was a clean play, and the league agrees. Bungle fans will whine about anything. How about the way their commit holding on practically every play?
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    What a brilliant argument! It’s obvious that you have difficulty forming an intelligent response so I won’t use big words…Holding is NOT the same as a cheap helmet to helmet shot after the player is down. I hope you can understand. If not, please ask a Bengals fan to help.

  5. It looked like he led with his facemask. Like he was trying to kiss him. It wasn’t a spearing with the crown of the helmet. They met face to face. It looked worse than it was. The league takes their time and gets a good look. They made the right call.

  6. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 26, 2022 at 7:33 pm
    thewanderer says:
    November 26, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    The league has never been fond of disciplining Steelers players. The beat goes on.

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    James Harrison says hi.

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    Ben Rapelisburger waves from a bar room bathroom.

  7. Don’t forget that the league spent 10 minutes deciding that the illegal hit on Smith-Schuster that resulted in a concussion didn’t matter, either. It’s crazy – and if you look closely, you’ll see that it tends to align with where the public money is for the NFL betting spreads. If there is a significant imbalance in the betting money for the spread, the NFL ensures calls go the way to support its betting partners.

  8. Ben Rapelisburger waves from a bar room bathroom.
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    Aaron Hernandez says…..well, nothing.

  9. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    November 26, 2022 at 9:27 pm
    Ben Rapelisburger waves from a bar room bathroom.
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    Aaron Hernandez says…..well, nothing.

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    Nor does Justin Strezlyck.

    Have a nice evening!

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