If you'd just watched your spouse get injured badly enough to get taken out of a pro football game, you'd probably be desperate for a status update, but according to the NFL, you'd be asking for a hefty fine. Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers must pay $10,000 for borrowing a trainer's cell phone during last Sunday's game to tell his wife he was okay after he was taken out of the game with concussion-like symptoms. The use of unapproved electronic equipment on the sidelines is banned to prevent cheating. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin defended Polamalu, saying:
"He has had a history of concussion-like symptoms in the past. [Mr. Polamalu's wife] was concerned. In this era of player safety, you would think that common sense would prevail in some of these things. It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account."