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Golden Tate wants to appeal his fine for explosive block | Seahawks notes

Rules prohibit a player in that situation from hitting the opponent with his helmet.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Golden Tate got the message: He's not supposed to block someone the way he blocked Dallas linebacker Sean Lee.

How he's supposed to block the guy, however, is something he's still trying to figure out after the league informed him he would be fined, a judgment he is appealing.

"I'm going to ask them that: 'What would you suggest that I do to make sure that this doesn't happen again?' " Tate said. "Because I never have intentions on injuring a player, and I always want to play within the rules. So that's a question that is going to come up when I have my appeal."

Under the league's rules, Lee was defined as a defenseless player because he was running parallel to the end line in pursuit of a player and did not see the block coming. In that case, the blocker cannot strike the defenseless player in the head or neck area, and he can't use his helmet in the block.

Tate indicated he will appeal the fine. Coach Pete Carroll said he talked with league officials about the play to help clarify the issue.

"It was a great effort by Golden to make the block that he needs to make," Carroll said. "But unfortunately, they saw it as there was a little contact to the bottom of the face mask and perhaps his chin and that's not OK."

Additionally, the league rules prohibit a player in that situation from hitting the opponent with his helmet.

"We're becoming more of a shoulder tackle league," Carroll said.

"So that's just what you have to do."

Okung back, but Baldwin a question mark

Left tackle Russell Okung was back at practice Thursday and is expected to be available after missing last week's game with a bruised knee. That's good news for the Seahawks, who will spend this week trying to find a way to stop Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, who has six sacks in the first two games.

Receiver Doug Baldwin was limited in practice Thursday because of a shoulder injury, which was a surprise because he was not one of the players Carroll mentioned as having a question mark this week.

Zach Miller was slowed by a sore foot in Sunday's game, and while he was limited in practice, he is expected to be OK for the game.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell, a special-teams player for the Seahawks, did not practice because of a sore hamstring, and his status is up in the air this week.


Seattle added cornerback Danny Gorrer to the roster, replacing running back Kregg Lumpkin.

Gorrer played most recently with the Baltimore Ravens. He played cornerback at Texas A&M, and has known Seattle safety Earl Thomas for years as they grew up in nearby towns in Texas.

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