Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 12/7/11
The NFL's fine structure can be capricious at best, and ridiculous at worst. Players can be fined $10,000 for wearing the wrong color clothing or shoe, and less for obvious violations of the league's on-field player safety policies. Because, as much as the NFL's head office claims to care about player safety, the governing body run by Ray Anderson and Merton Hanks, and overseen by Roger Goodell, often fails miserably when it comes to walking it like they talk it. Case in point: With 1:57 left in last Thursday's contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, Philly defensive end Trent Cole "engaged" Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung in a judo flip that wound up ending Okung's season with a pectoral muscle injury. The flip happened after the play, and there was no penalty called, but you'll often see players fined large amounts by the league despite no flag being thrown on the field. "He got thrown down after the whistle really blatantly," Seahawks head coach Pete...
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