|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL There has been some devastating discoveries this week for the Bengals, but nothing they can’t recover from. The NFL has informed the Pittsburgh Steelers that a pair of penalties that nearly cost them a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday should not have been called in the first place, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The two calls in question against the Steelers -- a roughing-the-passer penalty on nose tackle Casey Hampton and a pass interference call on cornerback Ike Taylor -- came during back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter of the team's 27-21 win.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin sent a formal complaint to the NFL after the game, according to the Post-Gazette. In response, the league informed the Steelers that Hampton's penalty was incorrectly flagged because Hampton hit Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer on the thigh -- not to the head or below the knee. The call on Taylor was also a mistake, according to the newspaper.
The calls, which helped Palmer and the Bengals drive to Pittsburgh's 1-yard line, were not enough in the end. The Steelers escaped with the victory when Palmer's fourth-down pass to rookie wide receiver Jordan Shipley was knocked away by Taylor and Steelers linebacker James Harrison with 34 seconds remaining. Also in Bengals news, quarterback Carson Palmer, battling a sore right shoulder, returned to practice Friday and participated fully in drills, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Sports betting fans should know Palmer is expected to start this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He is not worried at all.
Palmer missed practice Wednesday and Thursday after injuring the shoulder in the team's 27-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. He was sacked four times by the Steelers. Palmer was 22-of-36 passing for 248 yards with an interception and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (ankle) and running back Cedric Peerman (illness) also returned to full practice this week.