Another practice day for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to rest the shoulder he separated and had popped back into place last weekend as he played on in the NFC championship game. Same with right guard J.R. Sweezy. He's been dragging the ankle he sprained in the Dec. 28 regular-season finale through the last two playoff games.
But why not relax? There are still 10 days until the Super Bowl.
It was a mighty fine day here at Seahawks headquarters.
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Marshawn Lynch learned he got fined $20,000 for grabbing himself.
Sweezy got dinged $8,268 for hitting Packers linebacker Clay Matthews unnecessarily last weekend. My News Tribune colleague Dave Boling described it so well in his game column Sunday:
I think one play early in third quarter, by guard J.R. Sweezy, was a very subtle turning point. And if not that, at least an indicator of how this most competitive of Seahawks teams operates.
It was 16-0 at that point, and Wilson was not only sacked for a 15-yard loss, he was driven to the turf by Packer linebacker Clay Matthews with extreme prejudice.
Like much of the rest of the Hawks’ offensive line, Sweezy was not exactly distinguishing himself against the tough Green Bay front seven.
But Sweezy was not going to stand for Matthews driving his quarterback into the turf. He sprinted back and dove into Matthews to get him off Wilson. It was primitive and punitive and he was penalized.
But it was beautifully vindictive.
"It was probably a little late and a little unnecessary," Sweezy said. "But that’s our quarterback and we’re going to defend him. That’s who we are."
Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews got fined $11,025 by the league for what the league said grabbing his own crotch in the end zone after Lynch's go-ahead touchdown run late in regulation -- the play on which Lynch grabbed his own crotch to get his fine.
Lynch thinks Matthews was simply shaking his hand after the TD:
Here's one angle, off the Fox television game broadcast. You be the judge of what No. 13 in blue is doing after the score here.
Whether Chris Matthews did or did not make an obscene gesture, it is clear the NFL is heavily scrutinizing Lynch -- and now those who interact with him on the field.
Next week when Lynch has mandatory media sessions scheduled in Arizona on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we'll all see how scrutinized he is by the league off the field.
Can the Super Bowl please begin already?