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NFL coach accused of impeding rival player
Michael Stoneman, WWOS
13:30 AEST Sat Nov 30 2013

The NFL is set to review an incident in which Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin appeared to impede an opposing player by stepping onto the field during his side’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.

The incident occurred after the Steelers had scored in the third quarter, when Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones broke free down the touchline from the ensuing kick-off and looked set to score a touchdown for his team.

The 29-year-old was forced to slow down and change direction, however, as Tomlin, who had his back to play, stepped onto the field before moving out of the way at the last moment.

"I always watch the returns on the JumboTron. It provides better perspective for me," Tomlin said after watching his team lose the game 22-20. "I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.

“I do it quite often, like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong, I accept responsibility for it.”

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