Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Sherman fined for hit on kicker

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Thursday the NFL fined him for his hit on Bills kicker Dan Carpenter on Monday.

Sherman said the league's explanation makes it nearly impossible for him to appeal the $9,115 fine. Its justification in its letter to him was that his hit as he attempted to block a field-goal attempt came after the whistle was blown, Sherman said. Sherman said he won't appeal. "It would be a long, thoughtless process," he said. "Their logic is impeccable, so there's not really a fight. I'm still fine with everything."

Sherman was not penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. He was flagged for being offside. Referee Walt Anderson said after the game that he didn't believe the contact was enough to warrant an unnecessary roughness penalty. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino later said Anderson's interpretation was incorrect and Sherman should have received a personal foul on the play.

Sherman's argument was that though he was clearly offside, he was playing until the whistle, which he said he never heard. He said he wasn't about to give Buffalo a free play knowing that if the kick was made, the penalty would have been declined.

The lack of a personal foul became crucial to Seattle's 31-25 victory. Carpenter eventually missed a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Without those three points, Buffalo was forced to try for a touchdown in the game's closing moments rather than being able to attempt a field goal that could have tied the score.

Ravens 28, Browns 7: Joe Flacco passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns as the host Ravens scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to move above .500 (5-4) and keep the Browns winless. Cleveland has opened a season with 10 consecutive losses for the first time since joining the NFL in 1950. It led 7-6 at halftime on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cody Kessler to Seth DeValve that came between two Baltimore field goals in the second quarter. Baltimore gained control during a third quarter in which Flacco went 10-for-12 with two scores.

NFL may reduce tv ads: Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is looking at ways to shorten TV game broadcasts, including trimming advertising. Ratings have plunged this season, which Goodell has said is related to several factors. The league is also looking at ways to speed up video reviews and the time it takes referees to announce penalties on the field.

Bears: Starting guards Josh Sitton (ankle) and Kyle Long (triceps) could return for Sunday's game against the Bucs after both missed the last game. They practiced without restrictions.

Saints: Safety Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension related to the use of Adderall in violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, nfl.com reported. He can play until he is suspended, so he should go against the Broncos on Sunday.

Steelers: Center Maurkice Pouncey said he is "100 percent" playing Sunday against the Cowboys after dislocating a thumb against the Ravens last weekend. The former Gator had surgery an planned to practice today. … Running back DeAngelo Williams had knee surgery this week and could miss two to three weeks, the website dkpittsburghsports.com reported.

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