The NFL fined a player $10,000 for making a call from the sidelines, even though all he wanted to do was assure his wife he was okay after suffering a possible concussion earlier.
Superstar safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose flowing hair is featured in Head and Shoulders shampoo commercials, was seen talking on a cell phone while sitting on the bench during last week's game against Jacksonville. That's prohibited by the league, and officials were not swayed by Polamalu's extenuating circumstances.
Polamalu borrowed the phone from a trainer Sunday to let his wife know he was alright after leaving the game with concussion-like symptoms, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The league rules say "possession of cell phones, [personal digital assistants] or other electronic equipment in the bench area during a game is strictly prohibited by league policy beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game."
Polamalu declined comme...