It looks like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane won’t be fined after all.
Lane, who was ejected during the Seahawks’ 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers after officials thought reportedly he threw a punch at Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during an interception return in the first half, was not named on the Week 1 list of fines when they were revealed Friday.
The fact that Lane was not issued a fine makes a much larger statement that the NFL believes its officials may have made an incorrect call.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following the Week 1 loss that he was disappointed the play would have “such magnitude on the game,” and that he was looking forward to the NFL’s response to Lane’s ejection.
When Carroll was asked on Wednesday if the NFL had provided an explanation for the call, he was tight-lipped on what he discovered in his conversations with the NFL.
“I learned a lot. Yeah. I learned a lot,” Carroll said. “I’m not going to share it with you, because I can’t. That conversation about the specifics of it — I told you I thought the guys calling the game saw it pretty clearly. You can try, but I’m not going to go any farther than that, OK?”
The ejection received criticism from many, including Fox analyst and former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, who said the replays never showed Lane drawing a punch toward Adams.
The only fine to come out of Sunday’s matchup was on Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, who was docked $9,115 for a shove to Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.