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Steelers’ Cam Heyward won’t be suspended for scuffle with Justin Herbert

Heyward is a staple for the Pittsburgh’s defensive line.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a Sunday Night Football thriller in Los Angeles. At the beautiful SoFi Stadium, the Steelers were tasked with defeated the Austin Ekeler and Justin Herbert-led Chargers.

Let’s just say that didn’t go as planned for a defense that was without many of its focal pieces. The Steelers gave up 41 points, scoring 37 of their own. It was a brutal showing for their defense.

During the game, Cam Heyward, an interior defensive lineman for Pittsburgh, chased down Herbert who had been running all over the Steelers and, after getting up, appeared to punch the star quarterback.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapport, Heyward’s action will not be penalized with a suspension but a fine if anything. That’s bad news for Cincinnati who may have caught a break if Heyward was sidelined.

The numbers for interior lineman aren’t always there, but Heyward is an integral part of what the Steelers defense has become. He’s had five games with at least five combined tackles. He also has seven passes defended and an interception this season.

Here’s the play which is in question for a fine.

After the Bears’ Cassius Marsh got a flag and a fine for taunting (basically gifting Pittsburgh the game), one which many were absolutely shocked about both at the moment and when he got a fine, Heyward better have some discipline coming down from the league.

That said, the Steelers were already down a number of defenders, and they’ll likely to remain down some big-time names as they travel to Cincinnati.

However, last time these two teams, the Bengals didn’t need any help thrashing Pittsburgh, and there should be hope that after a great performance against the Raiders that they don’t need any breaks this time around.

The Bengals offensive line should be at full strength. Cincinnati scored 24 against the Steelers the first time around, allowing just 10, so it could be their defense that helps them sweep Pittsburgh in the regular season.