Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin joked Tuesday that Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is safe this year after the two's incident last season.
In the teams' game on Thanksgiving night last season, Tomlin, facing away from the action while watching play on the jumbotron at M&T Bank Stadium, approached the field and nearly collided with Jones, who was returning a kickoff. Jones had to alter his path to avoid Tomlin and was eventually caught from behind.
Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the NFL for the incident. He was adamant last season that his actions were unintentional.
Jones also approached the issue light-heartedly on Tuesday.
"I'm actually going up to holler at him right before the game and go, 'Hey, what you got for me this time," Jones said of Tomlin. "See where his mind's at. I laugh at it. It's all fun to me. It is what it is. He was just trying to win. I would do the same."
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs kept the memory of the incident alive by wearing a t-shirt with images of Tomlin and Jones on Tuesday. Suggs said "we will never forget" Tomlin's actions.
Baltimore went on to win the game last season 22-20. The teams play for the first time in 2014 on Thursday night.
- Ben Estes