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Mike Mitchell fined for hit on Antonio Gates

Mike Mitchell


In Monday night’s game between the Steelers and Chargers, the officials didn’t only miss 18 seconds coming off the clock. The officials also missed Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell taking a shot at San Diego tight end Antonio Gates away from the play, as a Philip Rivers pass sailed toward another area of the field.

The league office didn’t miss it. Mitchell has been fined $8,681 for unnecessarily striking Gates.

The oddly-specific amount comes from negotiations between the NFL and NFL Players Association regarding the maximum amounts under the annual fine schedule.

The extra contact didn’t keep Gates from scoring a pair of touchdowns in his return from a four-game PED suspension.