Steelers safety Mike Mitchell has been fined $23,000 for his hit on Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The hit resulted in Eifert leaving the game with a concussion and now, being ruled out for this week's game in San Francisco.
Mitchell did get flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play and has now been fined for hitting a defenseless player. This is the second time in 2015 that Mitchell has been fined, the first time was fot a late hit on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.
Mitchell also gave a hard hit to Marvin Jones in the Bengals and Steelers' first game of 2015, which caused Jones to miss a few plays after having the wind knocked out of him. Mitchell then approached A.J. Green and said, "you're next." Luckily, he wasn't able to injure Green in the game.
Here is the play that took Eifert out of the game, via Steelers Depot.
And, if you need a clear shot of the hit to Eifert's head, this provides all the evidence you need.
Mitchell is one of many Bengals and Steelers players who have been fined as a result of a play in Sunday's game. Vontaze Burfict was fined about $70,000 for three plays in the game. David DeCastro of the Steelers was also fined for grabbing Wallace Gilberry's facemask. Antonio Brown was also fined for a crack back block, not his slapping match with Dre Kirkpatrick as previously thought.