National Football League fines Steelers' Mike Mitchell $48k for late hit on Alex Smith

National Football League fines Steelers' Mike Mitchell $48k for late hit on Alex Smith

National Football League fined Steelers' safety Mike Mitchell $48,620 for his late hit on Chiefs QB Alex Smith, per source.

The ball is out of Smith's hand when Mitchell, still in pursuit, hits him.

After the game Sunday, Smith said he was "fired up" after the hit but wasn't able to say whether he thought Mitchell's hit was intentional because he hadn't yet had a chance to watch video of the play.

Mitchell was penalized for roughing the passer for the hit in the third quarter during Pittsburgh's 19-13 win.

"I felt like it was extremely late", Smith said, per Adam Teicher of ESPN. Schefter added that Mitchell will appeal the fine.

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On Tuesday, Smith called the hit "about as flagrant as it gets".

You can't see it in the clip above, but Mitchell also looked like he grabbed Smith's facemask earlier in the play before going low on the quarterback seconds later. "I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact".

Mitchell was fined as a repeat offender.

"I don't think this is a first offense, either", Smith continued.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 25 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown with an interception, Le'Veon Bell ran 32 times for 179 yards and a score while Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers. However, Winston clarified that the coaching staff will have the final say on whether he will play or not. "I'm not out here trying to take his legs out". "I went up to him and told him that".

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