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Earl Thomas fined for controversial hit on Ryan Tannehill

Seattle Seahawks v Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks misses a interception during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Seahawks, who picked up a win in September via one of the worst calls in recent NFL history, were upset that a potential game-clinching interception against the Dolphins was wiped out by a roughing the passer call on safety Earl Thomas.

It just looked wrong,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “A very big call to make when the guy wasn’t intending to hit the quarterback or anything like that.”

The league office apparently disagrees with Seattle’s complaints. Thomas has been fined $15,000 for the hit on Ryan Tannehill.

And it was the right call. Quarterbacks are protected against forcible blows to the head, whether in or out of the pocket. Thomas, who jumped to block the pass, hit Tannehill forcibly in the head as Thomas was landing.

It’s that simple. Fans of the teams who draw such penalties may not like it, but the rules protect all quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson.