Seahawks receiver Golden Tate has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for a "blindside block" on Sean Lee, according to sources.
The NFL does not announce fines until Friday. The amount is the designated minimum for a blindside block, which is what the league is calling it.The Seahawks were up 20-7 early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Russell Wilson got flushed from the pocket. As Lee ran toward Wilson, Tate blindsided him with a vicious block that repeatedly was shown on the replay board in the stadium. The Cowboys were sure the flag on the field was against Tate, though it instead was against Bruce Carter for a push out of bounds on Wilson. Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former director of officiating who now works for Fox, agreed on Twitter at the time that Tate should have been penalized.
"It's up to the NFL," Lee said today. "I don't really care. The part I don't like is the celebrating after the hit. ... To me, a crackback block isn't tough. Anyone can do that. Toughness is about being able to take a hit and getting back up and doing it again."
-- Charean Williams