Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett went after Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson at the end of a play in the fourth quarter of their 38-3 loss on Sunday and he told reporters after the game that he felt Lawson was guilty of a dirty play.
Lawson hit Pickett low as he got rid of a pass while scrambling near the sideline and Pickett shoved him once he got up. More players joined the scrum and Bills defensive end AJ Epenesa was ejected from the game.
Pickett was flagged for unnecessary roughness as well.
“From my opinion, I felt like he went after my knee after I threw it,” Pickett said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “That’s it. You know, tempers flare. I don’t care, I’m gonna keep playing until the last play of the game. That was it. All good with me.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he thought Pickett’s response was appropriate. Tomlin also discussed an unpenalized hit by Bills safety Damar Hamlin on Pickett as Pickett slid during a third quarter run.
That also sparked a scuffle and Tomlin said he “had a problem that the officials didn’t have a problem” with Hamlin’s hit. Given the final score, there are plenty of other problems for the Steelers to concern themselves with on Sunday night as well.