NFL Fines Raiders' Seymour for Big Ben Punch

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NFL Fines Raiders' Seymour for Big Ben Punch

Nov. 22, 2010

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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

ALAMEDA - Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour was fined 25,000 bythe NFL for his open-palm strike to the facemask and chin of Pittsburghquarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the second quarter of Sundays35-3 loss to the Steelers.

Seymour, though, was not slapped with a suspension, as speculatedearlier, and will be available for the Raiders game against Miami onSunday. Both teams are 5-5.

Well,first of all, I thought I let my teammates down, Seymour said afterSundays game. You never want to do anything to hurt the team. Thatsfirst and foremost. It was a lot of ongoing, and youre out there toprotect yourself. Its still no excuse. Im not sure exactly whathappened on the play. I just turned around, and he just ran up on mequick. It was just natural reaction.

Seymour was asked if he had been grabbed prior to striking Roethlisberger.

I couldnt really recall, Seymour said. It just kind of happened quickly. It was what it was.

Asked if Roethlisberger said anything to prompt him, Seymour said, Youheard a lot of stuff going on. I never complain about what happens inthe trenches. Youve never heard me complain about anything that goeson. Like I said, my main focus is on the team and not doing anything tohurt the team.

You have to watch it on the (TV). Im not sure why he ran up on me. Im not sure why he ran up on me.

Raiderscoach Tom Cable was not sure if Seymour would be penalized for hisejection-causing action during his weekly Monday media conference,which occurred before the fine was announced.

"Whats happened hadhappened," Cable said. Like everything I believe, hell learn from it.He texted me last night and feels bad about it and knows he was wrong,and well move forward.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”