Steelers' Mike Mitchell fined $48K for hit on Chiefs QB Alex Smith

Alex Smith was 'fired up' after Mike Mitchell's late hit

Alex Smith made it known Tuesday afternoon that he was no fan of Mike Mitchell's low hit against him during the Chiefs' loss to the Steelers. Mitchell declined to speak with reporters during the Steelers' morning opening locker room session. Mitchell hit Smith as the ball was released.

Luckily for Mitchell and the Steelers, the Chiefs red zone drive ultimately ended in no points scored as Kansas City failed on a fourth down and 2 play from the Steelers 4-yard-line.

The source told Schefter that Mitchell plans to appeal the fine, as he says he tripped rather than intentionally lunged into Smith.

"I haven't seen the play, so I couldn't tell you, " Smith said. Smith hit rusher Kareem Hunt for a complete pass before Mitchell took the quarterback back down from behind at the knees one second later.

"The video shows what it shows", Mitchell said. I'm not trying to take out his legs. But he didn't just hit Smith, he came in from behind, going low and near the quarterback's knees, the type of takedown that can lead to knee injuries - and many believed should have meant a suspension for Mitchell, a repeat offender when it comes to dirty hits.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell found a new way to lose a truckload of money this past weekend on the gridiron.

"Certainly when I got fired up I thought (the hit) was pretty late", Smith said during the team's press conference after the game.

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