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Mike Tomlin, Reggie Nelson exchange words during postgame handshake

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That didn't appear to be a friendly "good game" exchange.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals have a heated rivalry and sometimes it overflows off the playing field. That appeared to be the case following Pittsburgh's win on Sunday when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Bengals safety Reggie Nelson exchanged words.

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis eventually came over and separated the two.

Nelson was involved in a bit of a controversial play when he knocked Le'Veon Bell out of the lineup with a low hit. But that hit had nothing to do with the postgame discussion, according to Tomlin. Instead, Tomlin said he had no issue with the hit and that the confrontation was sparked because Nelson had heard that Tomlin had said bad things about him.

"You have to ask him about that," Tomlin said. "He was talking about some he-said, she-said type of a deal. I don't know what he was talking about.

"I guess a teammate told him that I said something regarding him. That's untrue. Ask him. I have a lot of respect for Reggie Nelson. He's a good player."

Reporters did ask Nelson about the incident, but the safety declined to comment.

Lewis wasn't saying much either.

Just another day in the AFC North.


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