According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Steelers guard David DeCastro has been fined $8,000 for grabbing the facemask of Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry during Sunday's game.
The play in question happened in the fourth quarter after DeCastro went to the ground with Gilberry on a DeAngelo Williams run, and DeCastro grabbed on to Gilberry's facemask and wouldn't let go.
DeCastro is on the ground after lunging to hit linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who had just gotten a late push on fullback Roosevelt Nix after the whistle and was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul facemask penalty. Gilberry then appeared to go after DeCastro at the bottom of the pile, and the two scuffled for about a few more seconds before players and referees broke it up:
And here's a close-up look at DeCastro grabbing Gilberry's facemask:
The play resulted in Gilberry needing to briefly enter the locker room before returning to finish out the game.
Burfict received a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness on the play, and the ball was moved from the 3-yard line to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, the Steelers would punch it in for essentially the game-clinching score as they went up 33-13. Looking at DeCastro's obvious grabbing of Gilberry's facemask, there should have been offsetting penalties that would have made this a 2nd-and-goal play at the 3-yard line.
That would have given the Bengals a chance to force a field goal and potentially tie the game with two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.
It's not realistic to think Cincinnati would have actually managed to do that with AJ McCarron playing quarterback and taking the first meaningful snaps in his NFL career, but at least the Bengals would have still had some sliver of hope for a miracle rally. Instead, DeCastro wasn't flagged, the ball went to the 1-yard line and the rest is history.
So far, this is the only reported fine to come out of this game. The Steelers have been clamouring for Burfict to be punished for his low hit on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first quarter. However, Burfict reportedly will not be fined for that hit.
It's not clear if Steelers safety Mike Mitchell will be fined for his first quarter hit on Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, which sent him into the NFL's concussion protocol and likely out this week vs the San Francisco 49ers. Mitchell was actually flagged on that play for a personal foul blow to the head penalty, so he should be getting a fine sooner rather than later.
According to Fowler, DeCastro will appeal the fine.