Steelers S Mike Mitchell Also Fined For Hit On Chiefs RB Charcandrick West

It was reported Thursday afternoon that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was fined $48,620 this week by the NFL for his Sunday low hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith but as it turns out, that amount was for another hit of his during the Week 6 game.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Mitchell was fined $48,620 for his second quarter hit on Chiefs running back Charcandrick West. Mitchell was also fined for his hit on Smith in the third quarter of that game but that only cost him $9,115. That amount coincides with the fine amount for a late hit.

Presumably, Mitchell’s fine for hitting West was for him hitting a defenseless player and the amount is double the $24,309 for such an infraction because Mitchell is a repeat offender. Mitchell was not flagged for his hit on West during Sunday’s game.

In total, Mitchell has apparently been fined $57,735 this week and as he said on Thursday, he plans on appealing.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Why no fine for the hit on Bell when he was held up by two players then hit by a third while refs whistled play dead?

  • Charles Mullins

    That’s a crock he is still moving the pile forward. If Mitchell doesn’t come in there is chance that he can break that tackle. He should appeal. Both him and Shazier hit him in the head because it’s literally the only thing you can hit. His body is in a position that does not allow you to hit anything else.

  • Richard Edlin

    So, he’s fined less for the Smith hit (which was possibly accidental) than Bell got for hitting the padding. That sounds fair.

    So does the much bigger fine for the RB hit. Held in a defenceless position and this one wasn’t accidental; he could have withdrawn or made contact elsewhere.

  • Dan

    No supposed to hit with the crown of your helmut, but yeah Shazier should be fined the same. The league can’t get calls regarding catches, fumbles and bondaries right, but gee they sure know how to divy out the fines.

  • Tom Fenoglia

    The Steelers should be fining him for sucking….he gets more fines than tackles. Whiffed on the easy sack, grabbed Smith’s facemask(not called) and the proceeded to hit him low and late for what should have been a second personal foul on the play! Mitchell should have had the hat trick on this day…3 personal fouls in one game…I wish they would have suspended him so Tomlin would be forced to start somebody else! I’m a Steelers fan by the way but this is getting old with Mitchell. His thug ball style and never playing the ball or wrapping up is getting old! All they need to solidify the defensive backfield is for him to be replaced. Burns, Hagen and Davis are all good athletes and football players. Those 3 are very versatile and interchangeable…Mitchell is a headhunter period. He can’t play the ball, blitz, cover, take good angles to make a tackle or wrap up. Outside of that he’s great!!!!

  • Charles Mullins

    When Shazier hits him head to head his head is literally at knee level and Shazier Kinda sort of hit him with the shoulder…. At least it goes to charity…

  • Ichabod

    Maybe they got him for leading with his helmet.
    Who knows anymore. Some hits you think should be fined are let go, and others that seem clean get fined.
    Just another issue the NFL is handling improperly.
    Wonder why popularity level is a concern?

  • Steve

    This is a good shot of Shazier not wrapping up. Will give you that Shazier is fast but what good is it on a poor tackle.

  • Steve

    We think alike. Have been saying the same here for years. Mitchell needs to go play for the Bangles, join the other Thugs on their team.

  • Milton Farfara

    Goodell must be getting soft he has yet to fine Deebo for breathing or playing more than 25% of the snaps in a game. I guess if he plays more than 25% of the defensive snaps this week he’ll be due for a pee test on Monday.

  • Milton Farfara

    Roughing the goalpost has become a very serious offense.

  • EdJHJr

    Ian -i find anyone who reports incorrect info for the sake of being first, reprehensible. But then thats quite common. He should not feel bad He s in line with the rest

  • Tom Fenoglia

    I couldn’t agree more…he’s by far the weak link on this team. He needs to go…the sooner the better.

  • Mister Wirez

    THE NFL SUCKS! Period.
    – Sitting during the Anthem.
    – Rodger Goddell the A**HAT
    – Sissy rules on QBs, WRs, and now Runners too?
    – Fines & penalties for shadow-boxing a padded pole?
    – Pass interfere and/or yellow rag spotting on nearly every throw.

    There will soon come a day when I just leave the TV off on Sundays and do something else… I’m NOT quite there YET, but I’m getting there. At 51, I’ve been a true blue NFL fan for 40+ years. I can count on one, maybe two hands how many games I’ve missed in all that time. Each week, though I’m becoming less and less interested, and from reading about viewership being down appx 8%, I can see why. People just don’t like the direction the NFL is headed. There’s just too many multi-million dollar A-HOLES involved with the sport… Good grief.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Wahhhhhhh. The NFL hurt my feelings. Wahhhhhhh.

  • Mister Wirez

    Well aren’t you a tough little c*cksucker. Grow up boy.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’m not the one whining. you dont like the program, change the channel. ooh you can throw an insult. such a big man. lol.

  • Mister Wirez

    Sorry, I guess I forgot nobody’s opinions matter on the internet except yours.. LOL. I absolutely understand now, why so many posters block you..

  • Michael Mosgrove

    doesnt bother me a bit. especially from someone who calls himself a bully. you’re a loser.

  • ThatGuy

    So frustrating when something doesn’t get a flag but there’s a fine. Pick one NFL, illegal or no?

  • Mister Wirez

    Since this will be my last response to you ever… let me just guess, you’re 5′-7″ & have Napoleon syndrome? I been around a while and know your type, and anyone who has to respond to a general post in a forum with “whaaa” has some kind of inferiority complex, obviously.

    Besides Michael, I’ve been called a LOT WORSE by MUCH BETTER people… Although Loser, was definitely not one of them. So, you have a nice life pal, and remember you are a “special” lil’ fella.

  • Dshoff

    I’d love to hear the explanation for the fine. It wasn’t a late hit, the whistle didn’t blow and he was still churning his legs. If Mitchell doesn’t finish him off and he breaks the tackle, people would be screaming about why Mitchell didn’t hit him.

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  • Steve

    One Rotten apple sours the whole bunch.

  • Mutatedgenome

    Damn. Looks like every Steelers player lead with their helmet on that play, even Watt.

  • Steve

    Don’t know about weak link, but would say he’s a dirty player who’s always giving cheap shots, which are not needed, just play good clean football.


    to be honest, all these hard + some dirty hits on Alex smith kinda startled him and he couldn’t find a rhythm.

  • Carl Mendelius

    Mitchell has been a loose canon for many years. He is a threat even to his teammates. The helmet to helmet tackling has to stop because football should be just a game not a life damaging activity. Shazier must also stop this type of tackling or get fined and suspended.

  • capehouse

    Shazier is lucky he just missed with his helmet. These players will never learn to not lead with their helmets.

  • Jim McCarley

    I’m not really sure what tacklers are supposed to do. The play is happening so fast and you can’t turn your head before you get there , that’s how you miss tackles….it’s one thing to center your helmet under the chin and drive a guy back, but as you can see on this play, both Shavier and Mitchell come in and their helmets glance off the runner’s helmet. Mitchell’s hit was not as bad as Shavier’s , imo, but when a runner has his head down and using his helmet as a battering ram, how can you tackle him? When someone is running forward he already has a forward lean and as he sees contact coming, he lowers his whole torso for contact. So why is it the defenders responsibility to stay upright and not make helmet to helmet contact when the runner lowers his head and uses the crown of his helmet as a weapon, just like a defender might? it’s just not fair.

  • Lil Smitty

    I thought there was a rule in the books about offensive players not allowed to lower their helmets to initiate contact helmet to helmet. It was to be considered a personal foul. I remember Jonathan Dwyer(?) get flagged for it. I haven’t seen flags thrown for that infraction since. Maybe they have eliminated it, or have chosen not to call it.

  • LucasY59

    …because he wasnt still trying to move forward like West was???