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Steelers: We Don't Use Bounty System

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin unsurprisingly denies that his team has had any kind of bounty system comparable to that of the New Orleans Saints.

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"It's not something that's been a part of our culture in any situation I've been in," Tomlin said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "I don't know what generates that kind of atmosphere."

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The Steelers have often been the focus of the NFL's crusade against helmet-to-helmet hits, but the Saints' bounty program has replaced James Harrison in Roger Goodell's list of the worst things about the NFL.

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Tomlin doesn't sound like he's particularly worried about it.

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"Player, health and safety is (Goodell's) No. 1 initiative, and (the Saints) were breaching that, so there's consequences," Tomlin said. "I'm sure all of us understand that."

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The Cleveland Browns are the only AFC North team that currently appears to be directly affected by the NFL's crackdown on the Saints, as current Browns linebacker and former Saint Scott Fujita has admitted to paying teammates for making key plays. He denies making payments for injuries.

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For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.