Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren was fined $48,333 for illegal use of helmet in the Week 2 win against the Cleveland Browns, according to the NFL's game-day accountability weekly update.
Warren lowered his helmet and hit Browns safety Juan Thornhill at the end of a catch-and-run reception early in the second quarter Monday night. The play didn't draw a flag in the game. Warren's agent David Canter posted on social media that they planned to appeal the fine.
Warren wasn't the only Steelers player to incur a hefty fine in the win against the Browns. Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts were each fined $43,709 for unnecessary roughness. Safety Damontae Kazee was fined $11,806 for unnecessary roughness, while DeMarvin Leal was fined $6,549 for the same violation. In total, Steelers players were fined $154,106 for violations during the game.
For the Browns, quarterback Deshaun Watson was fined for two instances of unnecessary roughness and one unsportsmanlike conduct for a total of $35,513, while running back Jerome Ford was fined $5,281 for unnecessary roughness and tight end David Njoku was fined $13,659 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
According to the NFL's fine schedule, the penalty for a second offense of impermissible use of helmet/launching is $43,709. Warren, in his second season with the Steelers after making the team as a UDFA last season, has a base salary of $870,000 this season.
Earlier this season, Alexander was fined $43,709 for lowering his helmet against Buccaneers running back Chase Edmonds in a preseason game, but he appealed the fine and it was rescinded.