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Kam Chancellor Fined $20,000 For Hit On Anquan Boldin

Seahawks second year strong safety Kam Chancellor was fined $20,000 by the NFL for an illegal hit on Ravens' receiver Anquan Boldin last Sunday, per the excellent Brian McIntyre. Chancellor came up from his safety spot to hit Boldin on a seam route just as he was catching the football. The hit was helmet to helmet - the old 'earhole' shot - that is now illegal in the NFL as they try and diminish the prevalence of concussions. 

Chancellor suffered a concussion on the play but has recovered nicely and will play on Sunday. Boldin, for his part, was seemingly unfazed as he got up and signaled to the officials for a flag. Boldin is inarguably one of the toughest players in the NFL, and once had bones in his face broken taking a hit going across the middle. Despite having multiple facial fractures repaired by seven metal plates and 40 titanium screws, not to mention a wired jaw, Boldin played three games later. This series of events, combined with Sunday's hit by Chancellor, further confirms my suspicion that he's a cyborg (legally speaking). 

Also, per McIntyre

...Chancellor is earning a $450,000 base salary, which is comprised of 17 game checks worth $26,471 in pretax income. Unless reduced on appeal, the $20,000 fine essentially means he played for free on Sunday.    

Bummer.