Pittsburgh Steelers veterans Cameron Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick had a fight on the sidelines during their win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
The incident occurred towards the end of the first half. Heyward was charged with an unnecessary roughness penalty when he was seen on top of a pile with a handful of Ravens offensive players. He appeared to be dragged to the ground by tackle Ronnie Staley.
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The flag breathed new life into the Ravens’ drive and quarterback Tyler Huntley would find tight end Isaiah Likely for the touchdown to go up 10-3 before the first half ended.
The NBC broadcast showed the Steelers’ sideline afterwards and it appeared that Heyward and Fitzpatrick were arguing over the play. The veteran defensive lineman seemed to be holding his own and had to be stopped by some teammates.
The fiery Steelers came out on top thanks to a clever touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett in the final moments of the game. Fitzpatrick would intercept Huntley to end the game and the Steelers would go home happy.
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NFL official Land Clark was asked after the game about the call and told the pool reporter that Heyward «continued to push after the play and that’s why she was called.»
Heyward explained his point of view after the match.
«I was already hot because I tried to get my hands up and he pulled me down and I made contact with the ref,» he said, via Sports Illustrated. «That’s when they dropped the flag. It’s unfortunate, and I would have felt horrible if we lost that game because of me.»
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Pittsburgh won the game 16-13.