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NFC West penalty watch: No time to spare

10/16/2010

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

They say the game slows down for veteran players.

The game apparently doesn't slow down enough for Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who recorded his ninth and 10th delay-of-game penalties of the season Sunday.

Quarterbacks aren't responsible for all delay penalties, but we're seeing a pattern with Warner. Consider it a small price to pay for enjoying a quarterback with 25 touchdown passes and more than 4,000 yards through 13 games.

The chart shows every NFC West player with more than six penalties this season. This includes declined penalties. Official league totals count only assessed penalties. Seven of the 364 penalties called against NFC West teams remain classified as "team" penalties, without reference to an individual.

Officials assessed only 9.4 penalties per game in Week 14, easily a season low. That included one penalty assessed against the Rams, a season low.

Most assessed penalties (league rank in parenthesis): Cardinals 89 (5), 49ers 86 (7), Rams 81 (13) and Seahawks 58 (31).