Sunday, December 4, 2011
Infractions piling up for Seymour
By Bill Williamson
Richard Seymour’s actions Sunday were nowhere close to those of Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh's in Green Bay on Nov. 24 that resulted in a two-game suspension.
However, because of the frequency of Seymour’s infractions, I wouldn’t be surprised the NFL may consider a short suspension for Seymour. At the very least, his history of fines will have a new, hefty chapter.
For the third time in three seasons with Oakland, the star defensive lineman was ejected from a game. In a runaway Miami rout, Seymour was tossed in the third quarter after he struck Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito on the side of the helmet.
Last year Seymour was ejected and fined $25,000 for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet. In 2009, Seymour was ejected for hitting Browns running back Jerome Harrison after a play was over. Seymour was fined $10,000 for that infraction.
Seymour has been fined at least $30,000 this season for illegal plays.
I’m not saying I think Seymour should be suspended for Sunday’s actions, but the reality is the NFL is not big on repeat offenders of any kind.