Trent Cole fined for shot that ended Russell Okung's season
When it comes right down to it, the NFL probably could have slapped a steeper fine on Trent Cole.
As it is, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end was fined $7,500 for flipping Seattle Seahawks Okung to the turf away from the play and after it last Thursday.
Okung will miss the remainder of the season with a torn triceps. He’s going to require surgery and will be need six months to recover.
“I'm not a dirty player," Cole said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "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.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was critical of Cole after the game and called the move “really out of line.”
Said Cole: “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."
The officials are going to catch much of the action. It’s hard to believe they missed Okung giving Cole a rough ride the whole way. Cole certainly didn’t mean to harm Okung, but he did and now he’ll pay up.
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