Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $9,115 for his hit on Bills kicker Dan Carpenter Monday night, according to multiple reports, which is the minimum players can be fined for a late hit.
Sherman jumped offside on the play and went unblocked into Carpenter's knees, but also stuck out his arm in an attempt to go for the ball. He was flagged 5 yards for going offside, but the NFL said it should've been a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.
Sherman defended the hit after the game: "I went straight for the ball," he said. "I didn't go for the kicker, I slid for the ball. He should've not kicked it, you know. Maybe he wanted to. I went for the ball. That's where I went. When the ball gets tipped on the play, the rule is, if it's tipped, there's no flag."
Pro Football Talk first reported the fine. Additionally, ESPN reported Thursday that the officiating crew from Monday night's game will not be disciplined for the series of miscues at the end of the first half that began with the Sherman play and ended up taking three points off the board for the Bills.
Walt Anderson's crew won't be working any games in Week 10, but that was their regularly scheduled bye week, according to the report. A poor grade from Monday night will, of course, be rolled into the officials' season-long grades that determine playoff assignments.
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said after the game that he felt “the refs were horrible in managing" the end of the first half.
"They made some horrible calls throughout the game, too. But it’s not a thing where we’re blaming the refs," he said, "I just think that they need to be held accountable for that and at least give some explanation.”
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 9, 2016