PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pittsburgh Steelers are asking the NFL to clarify why Hines Ward, one of the league's best-blocking wide receivers, was fined $15,000 the past two games for unnecessary roughness despite not being penalized.
Ward was fined $10,000 following the Steelers' 26-21 win at Jacksonville on Oct. 5, a week after drawing a $5,000 fine for a play in which he stepped over Baltimore cornerback Corey Ivy on Sept. 29. Ward did not draw a penalty on either play.
Also following the Jacksonville game, Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $20,000 for criticizing the officials. He was upset about a roughing-the-passer penalty.
``It's starting to cost too much money to come to work for these guys,'' coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.
Tomlin plans to call the NFL office about the Ward fines, and team chairman Dan Rooney wrote a letter questioning why Ward was fined.
be played,'' Tomlin said. ``We respect that. But we need a little clarity in that situation.''
Ward has been one of the NFL's most physical receivers since breaking into the league 10 years ago.
``Make no mistake, he plays the wide receiver position different than most people play it,'' Tomlin said. ``He's probably viewed a little different because of it.''
Tomlin wouldn't say the league is singling out Ward because of his reputation for not letting up on any play.
``You could say target, but I don't choose to use those words,'' Tomlin said. ``He's a football player first and a wide receiver second. Like I said, it's our goal to play within the rules of the game. We believe we're doing that. He hasn't been penalized.''

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