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December 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Trent Cole fined $7,500 for his flip of Russell Okung

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Trent Cole fined $7,500 for his flip of Russell Okung
By Jeff McLane, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Eagles Trent Cole was fined $7,500, he told a reporter from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

For those keeping track, that's the same amount the NFL fined Golden Tate for excessive celebration of his fourth-quarter touchdown catch against Washington.

After a play in the fourth quarter, Cole was engaged with Okung, and then as the play ended, grabbed hold of Okung's right arm and performed a judo-esque hip toss. Okung suffered a torn pectoral muscle on the play. He was placed on injured reserve.

"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."

Cole is right. There was a lot of contention between Cole and Okung through the game, and getting down to deciding who actually started something is very difficult.

But on the play in question, Cole's hip toss occurred after the whistle, and center Max Unger saw Cole hit Okung after he was down on his back. A replay shows Unger running to the official, pointing out where Okung was on his back.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll stopped short of calling the play dirty, but did say it was something that warranted the league's attention. He called it "out of line."

"I heard his comments," Cole said to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "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."

Cole went on to say that he was being compared to Ndamukong Suh.

"They try to compare me to Suh up there," Cole said. "You can't compare me to that. I was in a situation."

If he's referencing this column from The Seattle Times' Sunday edition, he's wrong. He wasn't compared to Suh's actions. It pretty clearly stated that what Cole did was far more damaging and wondering why there wasn't nearly as much uproar, and the punishment bears that out. Suh was suspended two games for an action that didn't even knock his opponent out of the game. Cole was fined $7,500 for an action that ended Okung's season.

Why no outrage over Cole's cheap shot?
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

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WHAT BULL*%%T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REAL FAIR NFL, 7,500 FOR AN INJURY THAT CAUSES A PLAYER TO MISS THE REST OF THE SEASON, UNREAL.  Posted on December 8, 2011 at 7:59 AM by MTP. Jump to comment
That's it?!?!?! $7500? That is a bush league fine for a bush league player whose justification is just as delusional as Suh's! Fail by...  Posted on December 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM by Andres4317. Jump to comment
Yeah, I watched the full game and saw Okung dominating him. I watched a cheap player pull a cheap move, while playing for a cheap organization,...  Posted on December 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM by bermuda highway. Jump to comment

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