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Thursday, September 22, 2011
NFC West Penalty Watch: Fines looming

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Penalties were costlier than usual for NFC West players in Week 2.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock's disputed $15,000 fine for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not the only one levied this week.

I'm tracking down a few others for Friday, including a sure fine for the facemask penalty against Arizona Cardinals tight end Jeff King at Washington. King was trying to save a touchdown return on special teams. There were nine personal-foul penalties against NFC West players and their opponents in Week 2.

Penalties go against individuals, but sometimes responsibility is shared.

Cornerback Brandon Browner's 39-yard penalty for pass interference during the Seahawks' game at Pittsburgh comes to mind as one potential example. Browner had a rough game overall, but he was supposed to have safety help on this particular play against Mike Wallace in the end zone.

The chart shows NFC West players with at least two penalties, declined or accepted, through the first two weeks of the season.

Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung has not appeared fully up to speed since returning from an ankle injury, in my view. He had two more penalties in Week 2, giving him five for the season -- two more than he had in 10 games last season.

Overall, Seattle has the most penalties in the division (24 for 138 yards), followed by Arizona (20-158), St. Louis (20-122) and San Francisco (18-127).

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