WATCH: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Trai Turner Ejected After Spitting on a Raiders Player

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Maybe Trai Turner, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was trying to take up for his quarterback.

Or maybe, Turner loses his cool and spits on players. In the Steelers game Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders, officials flagged Turner for unsportsmanlike conduct. Video shows him spitting on a Raider defensive lineman.

The Twitter account Football Zebras posted a video clip, saying “Steelers guard Trai Turner was ejected for spitting, now up to 3 ejections this season.”

Pittsburgh Steelers Had Cut Raiders Lead to 2 When Refs Flagged Turner

The NFL is focusing on certain areas of bad conduct this season. Officials are paying closer attention to unsportsmanlike conduct to try to eliminate “baiting or taunting acts or words” and “abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures” toward players, coaches and the refs.

In the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Raiders, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with rookie tailback Najee Harris for a 25-yard touchdown. It was Harris’ first TD in the NFL and it cut the Raiders lead to 16-14. Then Turner was tossed after the play as he argued with the Raiders defensive linemen.

The Steelers signed Turner in the off-season to help stabilize an offensive line missing four starters. Turner, a left guard, earned five trips to the Pro Bowl early in his career. But he was hobbled by injuries the past two seasons.

According to Pro Football Focus, Turner had the lowest line grade of his career in 2019. And then it dropped lower in 2020. PFF assigned Turner a grade of 34.8. That was the second-lowest of any starting guard in the league.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Turner in July after the Chargers released him. Turner has a one-year contract with the Steelers. There’s a good chance he’ll be fined and possibly be suspended for a game after spitting on a player.

Raiders Had Easy Offensive Outing Against Beat Up Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Raiders 26-17. And it wasn’t Turner’s fault. T.J. Watt, who agreed to a new high-dollar contract with the Steelers days before the season started, left the game in the second quarter. Watt strained a groin. Plus, starting defensive lineman Tyson Alualu exited in the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Cornerback Joe Haden and linebacker Devin Bush already were on the injury list and inactive for the game.

With so many subs on defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers could do little to thwart the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr and receiver Henry Ruggs hooked up for a 61-yard touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Raiders quarterback threw for 382 yards plus another touchdown.

With a patchwork offensive line, the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t run the ball effectively, especially after Turner drew the penalty. It all made for a very bad Sunday afternoon for the Steelers.