NFL Network is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was shoved down outside of a bar near Heinz Field on New Year’s Eve following their season-ending win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The incident resulted in a hip injury, according to the report, and that police have looked into the matter. Haley, who has been Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator since 2012, missed work on Tuesday because of the injury.
Now here's where it gets a bit weird.
A Pittsburgh Police Department spokeswoman says Haley’s wife, Christine, was involved in a “minor scuffle” shortly after midnight on Jan. 1. According to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo, the spokeswoman said: “The scuffle was quickly ended. Todd Haley was not involved nor injured.”
Both Haleys reportedly were escorted out of the bar where the latter incident allegedly occurred, and no injuries were reported or charges filed. So it sounds as if Haley suffering the injury was a separate occurrence.
The team acknowledged the incident involving involving Haley but expected him to return to the facility soon, well prior to the Steelers' divisional round game, on Sunday, Jan. 14 against the highest-seeded AFC team remaining in the playoffs after wild-card weekend.
The Steelers’ offense finished third in the NFL this season in total yards and eighth in scoring. Six Steelers offensive players were named to the Pro Bowl — Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villanueva.
It was about one year ago that Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was arrested outside a Pittsburgh bar following the team's 30-12 wild-card victory over the Miami Dolphins. Porter originally was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct and put on leave by the team. He was reinstated soon after and Porter eventually had the most serious charges dropped, order to pay a $300 fine.