A phone call that Troy Polamalu made Sunday afternoon could prove costly.
An NFL spokesman said today that the All-Pro safety could be fined for violating league rules by using a cell phone during the Steelers’ 17-13 win against Jacksonville.
Polamalu made the call after exhibiting concussion-like symptoms following a tackle of Jacksonville’s bowling ball of a running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Steelers players are already sensitive about receiving envelopes from the NFL with fine notifications in them.
One can only imagine what the reaction will be if Polamalu, who has a history of concussions, gets docked for using a cell phone — he borrowed it from a team doctor — to call his wife, Theodora.
“She was concerned,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference. “In this era of player safety you would think that common sense would prevail in regards to some of those things. It wasn’t a personal call, he wasn’t checking on his bank account.”
When asked if he would have a problem should the NFL fine Polamalu, Tomlin said, “I don’t have a problem with anything. I’m not anticipating anything. All I said was I would hope common sense prevails in an instance in an era of player safety such as we’re in.”
— Scott Brown