Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier fined $25,000 by NFL for hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer

PITTSBURGH — Steelers‘ linebacker Ryan Shazier has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on his hit to Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer.

He plans to appeal.

Shazier said he didn’t know the Browns quarterback was going to slide when he hit him in the first half last week. Shazier caught Kizer on the way down, prompting a 15-yard penalty.

“I didn’t see him slide much on film,” Shazier said about the play. “I wasn’t expecting him to slide. I was just going in there to make a tackle like I do any tackle. It’s just part of the game. Sometimes they get you for those things.”

Shazier finished with seven tackles for a defense that sacked Kizer seven times in a 21-18 win. The Steelers are preparing for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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