Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker K.J. Wright was fined $15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty with 4:40 to play in the third quarter of the Seahawks' 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins, a league spokesman confirmed on Friday.
Wright appeared to make contact with the chest, not the head, of Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, but was fined anyway. Wright was not fined for a 15-yard face mask penalty on a 5-yard catch-and-run by Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss in the second quarter.
A fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State, Wright is earning the league minimum base salary ($375,000) and makes $22,059 per week.
In addition to Wright, Seahawks offensive tackle Breno Giacomini was fined $7,500 for an unnecessary roughness penalty following a nine-yard run by Marshawn Lynch late in the second quarter. The run did not pick up first down yardage and Giacomini's penalty was declined.
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was fined $7,500 for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after falling to the ground following his 15-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. Tate was unaware that would result in a penalty, which was enforced on the ensuing kickoff.
Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen was also fined $15,000 for a roughing the passer penalty that was not called during the game. Bowen lowered his head and struck Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with his helmet in the fourth quarter. The pass resulted in a game-sealing interception by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.
Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu was fined $7,500 for a chop block penalty.