The fine was expected, but the most interesting part of Wednesday's announcement concerns the potential loss of draft picks.
"Because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined," the NFL said in a statement.
The league likely would not have included the draft-pick language in the statement unless some sort of additional penalty was in the offing. It's interesting that the league does not plan to announce the exact draft-pick penalty at this stage. So what will the penalty be?
Compensatory picks are announced for every team in March and this punishment could be part of that equation. It's also possible the NFL wants more time to observe Tomlin and get more information before making a decision.
This punishment feels like a worst case scenario for Tomlin. He was fined heavily, and the Steelers' organization is not likely to escape without additional penalties.