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Steelers' Mike Mitchell Fined $48k for Hit on Alex Smith

19 October 2017

Two Chiefs players were the victims of a couple questionable hits by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell during Sunday's loss. It was really low from the backside. Mitchell, who had been tripped by teammate Anthony Chickillo, hit Smith from behind just as he released a pass in the third quarter, just missing a sack. Mitchell's history of unnecessary violence in a game that already struggles to remove harm from its inherent structure should equal much more than a $50K fine, but at this point, we're glad to at least see something negative taken from Mitchell.

"Certainly when I got fired up I thought (the hit) was pretty late", Smith said during the team's press conference after the game. Smith immediately got up to jaw at Mitchell, and the safety was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer. Smith was immediately angry about the hit, getting up and yelling at Mitchell.

A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the National Football League has fined Mitchell $48,620 for his hit on Smith during Pittsburgh's matchup with the Chiefs in Week 6, which the Steelers won 19-13.

"I felt like it was extremely late", Smith told the Kansas City Star.

"The video shows what it shows. I wasn't trying to take Alex Smith's knees out", Mitchell said. "There are a lot of things that go into the play that make it an accident you don't want to see".

Steelers' Mike Mitchell Fined $48k for Hit on Alex Smith