A year ago, the Steelers chose to deactivate wide receiver Santonio Holmes for one game after he was cited for marijuana possession.
They won’t sit kicker Jeff Reed down this Sunday, however, despite his citation for public intoxication Sunday night, among other charges. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the situations are different.
Holmes’ arrest came later in the week (Thursday) and Tomlin said they sat him down because they didn’t want him being a distraction that week. The move was “not punitive.”
Since Reed’s arrest happened Sunday, the team had “an opportunity to address it.”
They also might not want the opportunity to carry two kickers for a week.