TOMLIN NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY AT THE OPENING OF BENGALS WEEK

Coach Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference at noon today, with injury reviews and thoughts on Sunday’s loss to the Chargers before moving on to the important AFC North game this Sunday in Cincinnati .

Meanwhile, the NFL Network says the league is examining an incident in the fourth quarter on Sunday where it emerged that Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward punched Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the stomach. Heyward was penalized for unnecessary harshness on the game, but he says he was only trying to get up when he accidentally ran into Herbert. He said there was nothing malicious about it and he apologizes, and wishes he had told Herbert more after the play. The NFL Network reports that Heyward will not be suspended but could face a fine. Herbert said he had no problem with the game.

The Pittsburgh Maulers are one of eight teams announced yesterday in the reconstituted USFL, the league disbanded after three seasons in 1985. The Maulers only survived the first of three years.

The new USFL will play a 10-game schedule from mid-April to mid-May, but even though they are the Pittsburgh franchise, the Maulers will not play in Pittsburgh. The eight teams will operate from a central location that has yet to be announced. The other franchises are Detroit, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Birmingham.

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