We already knew earlier in the week that Seahawks players were escaping possible suspension for their roles at the end of the Sunday match-up with the Jaguars. However, amazingly, Seattle defensive tackle Michael Bennett has escaped even being fined, for his role in the mayhem that concluded Sundays game.
And clearly, Bennett ignited the situation by purposely rolling at the knees of Jaguars center Brandon Linder after he had snapped the ball and stood up. The play could have resulted in serious injury to Linder and it’s why he and teammates retaliated.
Also, Seattle defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson threw a punch in the ensuing scrum and was ejected.
On the next kneel down, more pushing and shoving occurred and then Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was ejected. Jefferson was then pelted with drinks and plastic bottles while leaving the field on his way to the locker room. Jefferson attempted to climb the wall and enter the stands to go after the fans.
Here’s the breakdown of the fines handed down by the NFL Friday afternoon:
Players fined for #Seahawks–#Jaguars: #Seahawks Quinton Jefferson: $9,115 (unnecessary roughness)#Seahawks Sheldon Richardson: $9,115 (unnecessary roughness)#Seahawks Germain Ifedi: $24,309 (verbal abuse of a ref)#Jaguars Leonard Fournette: $12,154 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2017
That was not all, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and two Jaguar assistants, Kennan McCardell and Pat Flaherty, were all three fined $10,000 for “improperly entering the playing field” during the chaos on the final kneel down plays.
This stems from a new NFL policy about coaches being on the field much less coming to the huddle, like Carroll did above, to keep them from being involved/being targets in volatile situations.
Seattle is fortunate, as they take on the Rams in a crucial NFC West showdown Sunday, to have not lost Bennett, who is their best defensive lineman, for that contest.
The league has already given one game suspensions to players like Bucs WR Mike Evans, Pats TE Rob Gronkowski, and Broncos CB Aqib Talib for their actions in games this season.
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