Chase Claypool was dominant for the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night — when he was actually in the game.
Claypool, who finished with a team-leading eight catches for 93 yards for the Steelers, found himself being benched by head coach Mike Tomlin for a portion of the game after an unnecessary roughness penalty in the first quarter.
Claypool was called for unnecessary roughness after he got into a physical altercation with Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Following the loss on Thursday night, Tomlin was asked if he benched Claypool for his early penalty. He told reporters, “I did.” When asked if Claypool received the message, Tomlin said “We’ll see.”
As we saw, Claypool turned his unnecessary roughness penalty into some unnecessary actions when he decided to celebrate a catch in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter when the team had zero timeouts left. It likely cost them another shot at trying to get a touchdown.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked about Claypool’s actions, but he feels it isn’t his job to lecture Claypool.
“It’s not really my job. To me that goes up to Coach Tomlin. That’s what he needs to do. That’s his job as the head coach,” Roethlisberger said, via CBS Sports. “As the quarterback, it’s my job to help manage what we do on the field and getting 1st downs and trying to score.”
The Steelers have yet another big game when they take on the Titans next Sunday.