Report: NFL fines Seahawks' Tate for flattening block

Report: NFL fines Seahawks' Tate for flattening block
Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is ready to move on from the flattening block he took from Seattle receiver Golden Tate, who has apparently been fined by the NFL.

Citing a person close to the receiver, NFL.com says Tate has been fined for block. The story goes on to say the NFL does not announce fines until Friday, and a fine amount was not yet available. However, the minimum amount for a blind-side block for a first-time offense would be $21,000.

Lee said Wednesday that doesn't blame Tate for blocking him and that it was just part of football. The linebacker says the only issue he had "a little bit" was how Tate celebrated, but acknowledged that's part of football, too.

Lee still has a mark on his lower left chin from the play in Sunday's 27-7 loss at Seattle.

The NFL does not announce fines until Friday, and a fine amount was not yet available. However, the minimum amount for a blind-side block for a first-time offense would be $21,000.