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Report: NFL fines Richard Sherman about $9,000 for controversial play on Bills kicker

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, here talking to an official during a break in the second quarter of Monday’s night win over Buffalo, has reportedly been fined by the NFL for his play on a controversial field goal against the Bills.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, here talking to an official during a break in the second quarter of Monday’s night win over Buffalo, has reportedly been fined by the NFL for his play on a controversial field goal against the Bills. jbessex@gateline.com

At least it wasn’t farm-animal punishment, but the NFL has reportedly fined Richard Sherman for his play on Bills kicker Dan Carpenter Monday night.

Pro Football Talk on Thursday cited a source that said the Seahawks’ three-time All-Pro cornerback has been fined about $9,000 for contacting Buffalo’s kicker about Sherman was offside on a controversial field-goal attempt the officials botched in more ways than one.

On Wednesday, Sherman had more than a little bit to say about the play -- and about Carpenter’s wife tweeting at him about his play with a picture of a castration device.

And judging by what Sherman also said Wednesday, the member of the NFL players’ union’s executive council is likely to appeal the fine.

Sherman said he continued to run at the kicker when he realized the officials weren’t blowing the play dead for him being offside and unabated to Carpenter, as rules say they should have. That was the issue with the officiating mess: they didn’t blow the whistle until Sherman was on top of the ball and kicker.

"There was no whistle," Sherman said, an assertion backed up by the television replay of the play with audio. "The league goes back and hindsights everything, and says this and says that because they want to appease the fans. But I know the rule book. And I know exactly what I was doing on the play."

Sherman believes the officials were letting Carpenter kick the ball, and had he pulled up and the ball had gone through the uprights the field goal would have counted and his offside foul declined by Buffalo. When Sherman didn’t hear the whistle, he kept rushing and blocked the kick while running through Carpenter. That’s when, in Sherman’s mind, the officials decided to whistle the play dead.

"They didn’t vote the ball dead until he kicked it," Sherman said, "so that is what it is.

"If I had just stopped, it would have been three points on the board."

Monday night NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Sherman should have been penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Referee Walt Anderson told The News Tribune Monday night after the game in a pool report CenturyLink Field’s noise may have contributed to the delay in getting the play killed more promptly.

"I know it was loud out there for everybody," Anderson said. "That’s probably what took us a little bit of time to get everything shut down."

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