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Steelers’ Jaylen Warren faces hefty fine for illegal hit despite referees’ failure to throw flag on play

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren’s wallet might get a little lighter.

The NFL fined Warren $48,333 for “illegal helmet use” during Monday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, according to the league’s weekly game liability update.

Warren appeared to lower his helmet and make contact with Browns defensive back Juan Thornhill at the end of a catch-and-run reception in the second quarter, but the referees did not throw a flag on the play.

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Jaylen Warren (30) of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

According to a social media post from Warren’s agent, David Canter, the second-year running back plans to appeal the fine.

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Warren has shown his receiving ability this season, hauling in nine passes for 78 yards. On the ground, the running back rushed for 26 yards on nine carries.

Warren is coming off a 2022 season in which he rushed for 379 yards in 16 games. Former Alabama star Najee Harris remains the top running back on the depth chart.

Jaylen Warren interacts with fans

Jaylen Warren of the Pittsburgh Steelers interacts with fans at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Minkah Fitzpatrick, who delivered the hit that led to running back Nick Chubb’s season-ending knee injury, was not fined.

Several other Steelers players, however, received notable fines after Monday’s game. Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts were each hit with fines of more than $43,000 due to what the league called unnecessary brutality.

Another pair of Steelers defenders, safety Damontae Kazee and defensive end DeMarvin Leal, were both fined for the same infraction — unnecessary brutality.

Jaylen Warren is tackled during a Steelers game

Jaylen Warren (30) of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

The Steelers were fined more than $154,000 following the win over the Browns.

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The Steelers will face the Las Vegas Raiders on the road on Sunday.

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