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Steelers Vs. Raiders: Pittsburgh falls on last-second field goal

The Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday on a last-second field goal.

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Steelers safety Mundy fined for hit on Heyward-Bey

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy was fined $21K for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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Steelers' Mundy fined $21K for hit on Heyward-Bey

According to a tweet from Rich Walsh of WPXI NBC Pittsburgh, Steelers safety Ryan Mundy has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his hit on Raiders WR Darius Heyward-Bey during Pittsburgh's 34-31 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Some suspected that Mundy would be suspended as a result of the hit, but the fine is the only form of discipline handed out by the league as a result of the play.

Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and strained neck as a result of the hit, and was knocked unconscious for 10 minutes before being revived and taken to the hospital. Mundy's hit did not draw a penalty flag from the replacement officials working the game. Take a look again:

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There's no timetable yet for Heyward-Bey's return. Mundy commented after the game that he did not intentionally lead with his head on the hit, and expressed remorse that he injured Heyward-Bey on the hit.

According to Walsh, Mundy will appeal the fine.

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Clark defends replacement referees

The NFL's replacement refs have been receiving a tremendous amount of criticism, but they found an unexpected defender in Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark on Tuesday. Clark understands that the replacement refs are not trained for the NFL and are not accustomed to working football games with the magnitude and speed of an NFL game; and that there is not much the players can do about it.

"They are doing the best they can ... If the brass is willing to take that chance with the game, all we can do is play."

Clark is in the minority, as most players and members of the media who have spoken out on the replacement referee issue have criticized the league. The replacement referees have come under fire for a number of mistakes, but that fire intensified dramatically following a game-deciding error in Monday night's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. In the wake of that controversy, the NFL and referees have resumed negotiations.

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James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Rashard Mendenhall Ruled Out For Raiders Matchup

Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Rashard Mendenhall have all been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, according to Mark Kaboly.

Harrison is still recovering from knee surgery, and has yet to see any action in 2012. The Steelers do not know when he will be back.

Polamalu played in Week 1, and injured his calf. After sitting out last week, he has still not returned to practice.

Even without two key defensive players, the Steelers managed to shut down the Jets last weekend. They held quarterback Mark Sanchez to just 10 completions and 138 yards.

The Steelers will also be without running back Rashard Mendenhall for the third straight week. Mendenhall was a full participant in practice this week, but the Steelers are being cautious with his return.

The Steelers may not consider the Raiders to be too much of a threat, and with a Week 4 bye, they may just be getting their players extra rest.

This story was originally published on SBNation.com

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