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Thomas fined $15 K for hit; Bryant sits out with foot issue

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm with 28 Comments »
November 28, 2012 2:06 pm

Lots of stuff to report from the Seattle Seahawks locker room this afternoon before practice.

Pete Carroll announced that defensive end Red Bryant will not practice again today, revealing that the Texas A&M product has plantar fasciitis, and the condition has worsened.

Bryant missed an occasional practice to rest his foot the past, few weeks, but now could possibly take the entire week off. Carroll said Bryant’s availability for Sunday is in question.

“He’s had it for a long time, but it’s kind of flared up here in the last, couple week,” Carroll said. “And it’s affected him enough that we have to slow him down here at practice.”

If Bryant can’t go, Alan Branch would move to defensive end, and Greg Scruggs would replace Branch at defensive tackle.

Safety Earl Thomas confirmed that he has been fined $15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Ryan Tannehill that gave the Miami Dolphins the opportunity to score the go-ahead touchdown against Seattle.

“That’s just the NFL – that’s all I have to say about it,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he’ll attempt to appeal his fine.

Asked if he would do the same thing if he’s in a similar position chasing down Chicago’s Jay Cutler on Sunday, Thomas didn’t hesitate.

“I’m going to do what I have to do, Thomas said. “I’ll do the same thing.”

Carroll said that offensive guard James Carpenter (right leg) will practice today, but he’ll have some competition for the starting job this week with John Moffitt.

“This is an important day for him, to come off a game and get back to hitting, and all of the things he gets to do,” Carroll said. “And for John Moffitt, too – both of those guys are going to be battling this week. They’re competing.”

Carroll also said that linebacker Leroy Hill’s ankle is still bothering him, and he will not practice today. So that means Malcolm Smith will run at weak-side, outside linebacker with the first unit.

We were told before the locker room was open to reporters that Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner would not comment specifically on the duo’s possible four-game suspension for allegedly taking a stimulant that violates the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Fullback Michael Robinson, the team’s representative for the NFL Players Union, took issue with the information on his teammates’ possible suspension being leaked to the media.

“I don’t think it’s fair because all that stuff is supposed to be confidential,” Robinson said. “I don’t think it’s right to the player because now, whether they used it or not, people are going to have that thought in the back of their head.”

Robinson said he’s had conversations with the NFLPA on the issue.

“We’ve talked to them, and we’re trying to deal with the issue so those guys have some support, and the truth comes out,” Robinson said. “So we’ll see.”

However, that did not stop some from throwing out a few questions to try and touch on the issue.

Sherman said there’s “nothing different” in terms of his approach this week, and that “it’s not tough at all” to focus on Sunday’s game with all of the attention surrounding the report.

Like a modern-day Shaft, Marshawn Lynch had his own theme music playing in the locker room today, which you can listen to here.

“Man, that’s terrible,” commented linebacker Mike Morgan as he walked by a pair of reporters standing near Lynch’s locker.

Notes from practice
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  1. “Safety Earl Thomas confirmed that he has been fined $15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Ryan Tannehill that gave the Miami Dolphins the opportunity to score the go-ahead touchdown against Seattle”

    you have got to be kidding . . . .

  2. Unreal. Insult to injury.

  3. Lynch more powerful than a diesel truck.. (from 2010)

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    Alan Branch will move to DE and Scruggs starting at DT?? What about Jason Jones? He can play both positions.

    The NFL is really losing their fan base with these petty fines.If you touch a QB to hard, fine, talk trash to him, fine, put clothes on, fine.Goodell is a major douche!

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    Mr Optimistic must think that plantar fasciitis will be unconventional in Red’s case.But I don’t think he’ll make it through the rest of the season.Antonio Gates played with that injury a few years back and he wasn’t any good physically.

  6. well, I guess no go on Babin. Strange that a 2-9 team like the Jaguars would want him at this point in the season. oh well.

  7. EastCoastFan51 says:

    bunch of baloney about thomas….EVERY analyst I’ve heard said it was marginal at best and turned the momentum. maybe this is why bryant has been so ineffective as of late.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m so tired of the NFL and their crazy fines that it just takes away so much of what football should or could be.

    Dam! I’m beginning to think that there will never be smash mouth physical football again in the NFL. It just makes me appreciate the old school players more, like Unitas, Brown, Butkus, Sayers, Easley, ect…

    Flag football here we come! Sad!

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Bryant has had a history of injuries. That explains to me how the run defense has been getting worse. Hopefully someone can step up.

  10. Does anybody know what happens to all the money that the NFL collects for these fines? They sure have racked up some serious bank in the past couple seasons…

  11. That pansyass fine is more than Cole got for giving Okung a cheap shot and ending his season. What a joke.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BobbyK- Agree. What a joke!

  13. rramstad says:

    My understanding is that the fines go to various charities and non profits. Some funds may also go to fund specific programs for retired players.

  14. sluggo42 says:

    Actually, that call lost this game… Calls like that need to be reviewable or something, cuz it was weak. Then dropping $15k on top is just ludicrous , roger trying to reinforce that it was a good call, cuz he would never admit they were wrong. Goodell has NEVER been a Hawk fan.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- I disagree with Eric that the players spending some time on south beach didn’t have an effect on the game in Miami.

    I have proof! It starts young Eric. Lol

  16. Milk & M&M’s is goood..

  17. “Dam! I’m beginning to think that there will never be smash mouth physical football again in the NFL. It just makes me appreciate the old school players more, like Unitas, Brown, Butkus, Sayers, Easley, ect…”

    How many of those guys are still alive?

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    mocarob- I think all of them except for Unitas. Are you 15 or something? Lol.

  19. DanielleMND says:

    As happened with Golden Tate in September, Earl Thomas is being fined for not being able to defy the laws of physics.

  20. bbnate420 says:

    Men, what can you say. We can’t help ourselves.

    This explains why Red has seemed ineffective lately. The run D at least. And we don’t know that his plantar fasciitis is as serious as what Gates had. To act like their the same thing is just pure speculation. That’s like saying that two people with ankle sprains will be out the same amount of time. Disregarding the fact that people heal at different rates, the degree or severity of the injury makes a huge difference. Someone with a 1st degree ankle sprain is going to recover a lot faster than someone with a 4th degree ankle sprain, even though they are both ankle sprains.

    Thomas got twice what that punk Cole got fined. I thought LT was a premier position as well? They don’t want to protect them? I’m fine with them trying to limit hits to the head, as they are really only trying to protect the long term interests of the game, but they really should look at the intent and severity. At least when considering whether or not to fine a player. Even though the call was correct by the most literal interpretation of the rule, I still think it was bullspit. He jumped before he released the ball and barely hit his helmet with his hand. They need to make penalties reviewable as well. At least major ones like this and PI.

  21. mojjonation says:

    DanielleMND pointed out that again Seattle is fined for physics. The answer to this is simple. Have all defensive players eat magnets. Have offensive players put those same type (polarity) of magnets in their helmets. That way, when the two like poles are close, they will actually repel. We can now avoid fines and unecessary hits to the head through physics.

  22. sherminator says:

    Fines are fixed amounts and are given for the infraction called by the official,or what could have been called, in the case of a missed infraction after a tape review by the league.


  23. bbnate–I agree. The fines are arbitrary at best, crooked at worst. This to me smells to high heaven…still burns my butt that Cole got such a small fine and Suh wasnt suspended.

    And yeah, injuries vary so much…funny how the bitching about Bryant started only last week, and out comes a report that he’s been hurting for awhile…

    So much goes on that fans and reporters never know about…

  24. Look, let’s be honest. Thomas didn’t get fined for his hit on the field. Thomas was fined for his criticism of the Zebra’s horrible call. Just like salt in the wound.

    Someone at NFL headquarters is laughing at us right now saying, “I bet he won’t talk $hit about the calls the next time the Zebras screw up and make a mind-boggling blunder that everyone rightfully criticized.”

  25. bbnate420 says:

    Too true, LCB.

  26. Seriously!? Fined for a non-penalty that ended up costing the game, the season and probably end up cost staff and player jobs in Seattle?!

    “referee” is not an appropriate title for the job these idiots have been doing on the field. Big Money has stacked the deck against Seattle trying to recoup profits they lost to their own bumbling early in the season.

  27. Addendum – of course the fine administration was determined by forty-niner alum – Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray
    Anderson. — surprise, surprise!

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