Early in Sunday’s 45-17 win over the Jaguars, Seattle receiver Golden Tate applied a vicious block to Jacksonville safety Dwight Lowery.
Lowery suffered a concussion on the play. Tate will now suffer the removal of $21,000 from his paycheck, pending appeal.
The NFL says Tate was fined for the hit, even though he wans’t fined. It wasn’t a blindside block per se; Lowery was considered to be in a defenseless posture, protecting him against a helmet-to-helmet hit. That’s the new rule added in March, given last year’s hit by former Jets guard Matt Slauson on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing.