After Thursday night's loss to the Browns, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin refused to discuss the melee that broke out late in the fourth quarter, but he had a bit more to say about it at a press conference on Tuesday.  Tomlin called the fight "ugly for football games" and that the Steelers "accept responsibility for our actions" during the fracas. Tomlin did not account for these actions because "we have some people going through appeals" this week.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey interrupted three games to kick and punch Brown's defensive end Myles Garrett after Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with the helmet he wore before Garrett tore it. Garrett has been shut down for at least the rest of the regular season and Browns defensive end Larry Ogunjobi was interrupted for a game to meet Rudolph from behind during the incident.
All three players appeal their suspensions and many others are expected to be fined. That group includes Rudolph, who tried to tear Garrett's helmet earlier in the fight and who some thought should have been interrupted for sparking melee. Tomlin didn't respond specifically to that, but it didn't sound like he agreed to that attitude when he asked what the Steelers can learn from what happened last Thursday.
"I don't know that we did anything to make it happen anyway in the first place. That's why I said we had nothing to learn from it, "Tomlin said.
The Steelers will learn about Pouncey's penalty change at any time this week, but it's a good bet that he won't have the penalty completely wiped out so the Steelers will need other plans in Cincinnati this weekend.