La Canfora Reports Steelers Will Indeed Lose A Draft Pick

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Steelers are guaranteed to lose a late-round draft pick for the actions on the sidelines Thanksgiving night of head coach Mike Tomlin.

According to La Canfora, the $100,00 fine given to Tomlin won’t be the end of it and the league is not finalizing that decision until after all compensatory picks have been passed out.

On Wednesday, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson indicated in statement that the Steelers could suffer a modification or forfeiture of draft picks as a result of Tomlin’s sideline incident in the game against the Baltimore Ravens. Those potential modifications, according to Anderson’s statement, will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.

Before anyone gets too excited here, La Canfora doesn’t exactly have the best track record, so take this report for what it’s worth.

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  • 4-12

    I dont care what anyone says, Roger Goodell does not like the Steelers. PERIOD!!!!

  • pittsburghjoe

    If this story turns out to be true, its demonstrates exactly why a liberal power (i.e. Goodell and his office cronies) should not be in a position of leadership.

  • alevin16

    So this means that Mike Tomlin’s right foot being on the field for a second, which did not help the Steelers win, is very similar to the Patriots cheating for years and winning Super Bowls because of it? Or that what Tomlin did was worse than the Jets purposely stacking people on the line?

  • Thomas Rancy

    if it is the case u can imagine that it’s maybe a compensatory pick they will take. better not be the one we get for wallace.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Goodell wants the NFL to transform into an arena league-type sport with plenty of scoring and little or no hitting. Any team that plays defense or has a tradition of hard-hitting will be penalized every turn. History will show that Goodell’s reign will be recognized as the end of pro football.

  • greeny

    You mean dictatorship….Goodell is hard core conservative

  • Rod Hedrick

    I really hate Goodell, he probably was a Raven or Browns fan.

  • RealSteel

    Who cares? It is likely going to be a 7th rounder. So we just add an additional priority free agent. This is so overblown.

  • Rick M

    I’m just stunned that that the NFL is allowed to remain silent on this as rumors float around. Does it involve a pick, or doesn’t it? Get off your rear end Steelers’ management and demand public clarification from the league head office as to what their specific intent is. Is the comment strictly related to the tie-breaking formula (if so the chances of it having a bearing are infinitesimal), or is a draft choice definitely being moved or sacrificed?

    Stop playing so nice Dan and Art Rooney; it gets you nowhere with Roger Goodell. Demand league clarification – now.

  • MP34

    A ridiculous move. The NFL thinks they look so tough for taking away a pick that was probably never there. We’ll likely be awarded a compensatory pick for someone like Doug Legursky and have that be the pick that’s taken away.

  • stairman

    I’m sure the Steelers FO is all over this. There legal dept. is fully aware. They don’t do it in a public way.

  • AzheDraven

    How do we change commissioner? I have seen enough bs from that greedy ahole. Are we gonna have to wait until he’s a really old man?
    Is there someone that likes him?

  • MP34

    In what way is Goodell or the NFL for that matter, liberal? There isn`t a thing he does that isn’t motivated by profit or protecting the NFL`s brand. He works for 32 shareholders who think he does a fantastic job. Have you ever heard one owner say “this guy needs to go.”

  • awlcohen

    Sone of former republican senator. Husband of former fox news anchor.

    The funny part is when he argued that it was illegal for the NFLPA to break up. First time that a conservative ever claimed a union was so lawful.

  • Rick M

    Well maybe they should go public for once. They’re owners for goodness sakes and entitled to an immediate and public explanation that can stand, or not stand, public scrutiny.

    Doing it privately has done nothing for them in the past in terms of player suspensions or fines. Why should any league owner accept a several month threat that ‘we may take or change a draft choice’. As for their legal department being involved, the league does not have disciplinary laws. It’s not remotely a legal issue.

    There is no precedent for this happening in such a situation and supposedly Steelers’ management is very upset about it. Demand a public explanation of what their intent is and why. That will end the rumor mill and allow whatever decision has been made to be properly scrutinized. I would feel the same way regardless of what team is involved.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I call him liberal because he does whatever he pleases. I would like to know if the owners support of him is as solid as it appears. I wonder what they think behind the scene. I understand it appears as though they love him. I think he needs to go.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I think he needs to go….he does whatever he pleases.

  • Brian Tollini

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • AndyR34

    You need to look up the definition of liberal…for you clearly don’t have a clue. And I’m not talking about the Fox News definition…but Webster’s. While you are at it…look up the definition of fascist…you might also learn something there.

  • pittsburghjoe

    After reading such a well written paragraph, I would find it very entertaining to follow your advice.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Rules and player safety….two aspects of Goodell’s tenure that he obviously won’t compromise. Are the protocols and procedures installed perfect? No but it is a step in the right direction. Oh and for those crying about Goodell “hating” the Steelers or having an agenda against the organization go watch Super Bowl XL again. Ben didn’t score that td and the refs gave us one there so I try not to be too critical.

  • Reader783

    It’s the principle of the matter that we are getting as punished as the Patriots who literally cheated to win a Superbowl. Literally RECORDED other teams practices and plays to win and then the evidence was destroyed. That’s the issue.

  • Riverstko

    NFL against the Steeelers

  • Luke Shabro

    Goodell didn’t take over until the 2006 season. The season after Super Bowl XL. The problem is not in Goodell’s focus on rules and player safety. The problem is the equality in the application of punishment. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I’m not a conspiracy theorist that thinks the NFL is out to get the Steelers but I do realize the reality that from around 2004-2010 the Steelers were seen as a hard nosed, hard hitting team. Goodell wants a fantasy league not a smash mouth league. Why? Not because he hates smashmouth football per say but because pass heavy fantasy type football makes big time bucks from ignorant fans that don’t understand the game outside of their fantasy football team. The Steelers – Ravens AFC Championship Game will never happen again. Ryan Clark and Willis McGahee about killed each other and it was one of the most brutal, awesome games I’ve ever seen. Ryan Clark would’ve been suspended for the Super Bowl if that happened now. The focus on player safety is for monetary reasons as well. Hard to keep making copious amounts of money when the players keep suing you over CTE/TBI. So again Goodell I believe has more strictly punished the Steelers than other teams around the league. Especially the Patriots.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Spot on comments. I don’t disagree with what you said. Fans just need to realize that the game today cannot be the same as the one of decades past. If fans don’t like what is on the field now they can find another sport to entertain themselves. The formula seems to be safety + rule enforcement = $$. I for one don’t want to see a Super Bowl with backups at many positions forced into the starting lineup. Its a given that Goodell seems to have it out for the Steelers organization but there’s nothing you, I or anyone not in a position of influence can do to change it. I just don’t see the point of Steelers fans complaining about it.

  • RMSteeler

    The NFL said “modification” or draft pick. Look for the NFL to let the Ravens pick in the Steelers slot (modification) in one of the rounds if the Steelers get a high pick compared to the Ravens, dependent on the rest of the season.

  • RMSteeler

    What LaCanfora says doesn’t really matter. Read carefully the NFL’s official statement says. They are waiting to see where the Steelers and Ravens are in the draft order before deciding.