There will be no fun in Pittsburgh this season as long as Mike Tomlin is in charge. Last week, a report surfaced claiming Tomlin has taken away games like pool and ping-pong from the Steelers’ locker room until they can get their season turned around. On Tuesday, Tomlin said he has banned his players from doing any flips or somersaults into the end zone.
No more flying leaps and flips into the end zone for Steelers. Tomlin: "That would be very correct. It's a potential for injury. It's silly"
— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 15, 2013
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did a flip through the air after scoring a 55-yard touchdown in a win over the New York Jets on Sunday. He landed pretty hard on his back, but Sanders was fine after the play. He certainly isn’t the first player we have seen bust out that method of celebration.
While the ban on flips may make Tomlin sound like a stiff to some, I don’t blame him. How many times have we seen a player go down with an injury that was a result of celebrating? As our growing list will tell you, it happens all the time. The Steelers are 1-4 and are trying to somehow claw their way back into playoff contention. That will be a difficult enough task as is. The last thing they need is to lose a player because he was showing off.
H/T Eye on Football