For his hip-toss of Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole has been fined $7,500, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Cole's post-whistle action resulted in a season-ending torn pectoral muscle for Russell Okung, who is facing surgery and six months of rehabilitation.
Even though extracurricular on-field actions were in the spotlight after the two-game suspension Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received for stomping on Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, there was no discussion of Cole's action during the NFL Network post-game show or on any of the network's pregame shows this weekend.
On Sunday morning, I wrote that Cole deserved a suspension as his action was non-football in nature, came after the whistle and resulted in a serious injury. Cole also has a history of on-field actions resulting in league discipline, including a 2009 ejection for throwing multiple punches at another player.
That Cole, a repeat offender, not only avoided a suspension, but got off with a $7,500 fine, which represents less than 4 percent of his weekly $229,412 pay checks, is an absolute joke.