Friday, October 7, 2011
Richard Seymour fined for two hits
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was fined $7,500 for unnecessarily throwing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the ground in Sunday's game, according to a league spokesman.
Seymour was fined an additional $7,500 for a facemask penalty against running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
With the Patriots facing 3rd-and-9 at their own 21 early in the first frame, the former Patriot Seymour didn't hear a whistle blowing the play dead and wrapped up Brady. The two did a little pirouette before Seymour dumped Brady to the ground and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
"They said that they blew the whistle, but it was so loud I never heard a whistle," said Seymour. "The ref said it was unnecessary roughness, but I was like, 'He wasn't down,' but they said I tried to sling him down, or whatever the case."
Meanwhile, Patriots safety Patrick Chung was hit with a $7,500 fine for unnecessary roughness (striking an opponent late Sunday). Chung said earlier Friday that he hadn't received word of a fine, and was hopeful that meant he had avoided one.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.