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Tomlin sanction likely to come Monday

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not the first coach who lost his place on the sideline and wandered into restricted sideline space. At least three other instances occurred this season: one that resulted in a sideline warning for the Raiders, one that resulted in a penalty for the Raiders in the same game, and a…

The NFL needs to impose severe penalties for fouls against officials

Fines are not deterring players There was a frightening scene in Pittsburgh this week as the Washington Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall was ejected for verbally abusing Dana McKenzie and acting in an aggressive manner toward the head linesman (video).  Hall was guilty of violating Rule 12-3-1 of the NFL rules. Under no condition is an official…

Suh a turkey after stuffing foot at OL; McAuley DQs 2 on Thanksgiving

By now, you have heard that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ejected Thursday for stepping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith (video). Of course, Suh says he shouldn’t have been tossed, because his foot was tangled with Dietrich-Smith (although the video shows otherwise). As Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman aptly put it, “That’s an…

Week 4 discipline report

Total through Week 3: 19 fines, $235,000. Zebra Blog fine meter $   3 6 0, 0 0 0 FINES 2 8 SUSP 0 Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour, $7,500 for unnecessary roughness and $7,500 for facemask foul. Patriots safety Patrick Chung, $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, $15,000 for leading with…

Week 3 discipline report

Each week, we keep track of the fines assessed by the NFL for on-field incidents. Total through Week 2: 11 fines, $170,000. Zebra Blog fine meter $ 2 3 5, 0 0 0 FINES 1 9 SUSP 0  Titans tight end Daniel Graham, $5,000, throwing ball into stands. Titans defensive end Jason Jones, $15,000, facemask-to-helmet hit.…