By Will Brinson
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung suffered a season-ending injury -- a torn pectoral muscle, specifically -- in the final minutes of last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
As we noted at the time, Okung was injured when he was unnecessarily thrown over Trent Cole's shoulder away from the play, after the whistle.
The NFL agreed with our assessment that Cole should be fined and according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the league fined the Eagles defensive end $7,500 for the play.
"I'm not a dirty player," Cole said Wednesday. "At the time, all the stuff that led up to that, there was a lot of stuff that happened in that game. ... Watch that game closely and key on Okung and key on me and you'll see what I'm talking about."
At the time of the play, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll disagreed with Cole's notion, pointing out nicely that he didn't think the injury should have happened, because the take down was unnecessary.
"I heard his comments," Cole said of the Seahawks coach. "You all seen what happened. The guy was on my back after the whistle. He was holding me the whole game. If you look at that play he had me hooked. I'm running to the ball and he had me hooked."
In the screenshot to your right, Cole and Okung (bottom left) aren't anywhere near the play (top right). And the ballcarrier is clearly on the ground while Okung's being flipped, meaning Cole's excuse for the specific play doesn't really make a lot of sense.
While the $7,500 fine stings Cole in his wallet, it doesn't hurt him nearly as much as the loss of Okung will hurt the Seahawks who, at 5-7, aren't technically eliminated from the playoff race yet.
Though if Okung's injury has a hugely negative impact on Marshawn Lynch's revived season, that will change quickly.
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