The NFL has sent out the following news release in response to the Monday night incident involving Raiders DE Tyler Brayton and Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens (underlines added):
"TYLER BRAYTON of the Oakland Raiders has been fined $25,000 for unnecessary roughness and JERRAMY STEVENS of the Seattle Seahawks has been fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct in the Oakland-Seattle game on November 6, the NFL announced today. NFL Director of Football Operations GENE WASHINGTON issued the fines. Brayton and Stevens were involved in an altercation during a fourth-quarter run play. Washington stated that Brayton kicked his opponent in the groin area, violating the NFL playing rule that prohibits kicking or kneeing. On the same play, Washington said, Stevens attempted to kick his opponent in the groin area. Additionally, Washington noted that on a second-quarter pass play, Stevens head-butted and taunted a different Raiders player. Stevens' actions violated the rules that prohibit kicking or kneeing, impermissible use of the helmet, and taunting. Both letters emphasized that future infractions of this type will lead to increased disciplinary action up to and including suspension. Player fines collected by the NFL are used to support the NFLPA Players Assistance Trust and charitable initiatives supporting youth, education and sports-related medical research."