Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour has been fined 7,500 by the NFL for each of two hits that occurred in last Sunday's game with New England.
The first was for unnecessarily driving New England quarterback Tom Brady to the ground, and the second for a facemask penalty against running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Seymour was called for unnecessary roughness on the play involving Brady.
Seymours two penalties gave the Patriots 30 free yards on their opening 80-yard touchdown drive and that were it not for Seymours initial roughing penalty on Brady, the Patriots would have faced a 3rd-and-14 from their own 16-yard line but instead had a 1st-and-10 at the 36.
On third-and-nine from the 21-yard line, New England was flagged for a delay of game penalty and the officials blew the play dead. But Seymour continued to charge into the backfield, grabbing Brady and throwing him to the ground.
They (the officials) said they blew the whistle but it was so loud I never heard the whistle, Seymour said after the game. I mean we are in the Black Hole so I couldnt hear our middle linebacker tell me the call let alone the whistle.
Four plays later Seymour drew the flag on Green-Ellis. Two other Raiders, Jarvis Moss and Mike Mitchell, were penalized for unnecessary roughness against the Patriots, but were not fined.