The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers both played their final games of the year on Sunday, but Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor received a $7,875 fine from the NFL for his illegal hit on Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum on Friday, via Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal.
Taylor blind-sided Beachum with a hit that was nowhere near the ball. The Steelers offensive lineman is now dealing with a concussion.
The hit did not draw a penalty during the game, perhaps because the referees missed the action away from the play. However, the NFL is making sure Phil Taylor pays the price, albeit a small one, for his illegal hit deemed as unnecessary roughness by the league office
Though Pittsburgh's playoffs hopes were dead, the team defeated Cleveland by the score of 24-10 to finish an even 8-8 on the season.