IRVING â" Golden Tateâs jaw-rattling block that blindsided Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee continued to be discussed long after the blow was delivered by the Seattle receiver in the fourth quarter of the Seahawksâ 27-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday.
The play itself sparked so many questions. Was it legal? Was it Tateâs intention to injure Lee?Â Would the NFL retroactively take punitive action? And how should the Cowboys have responded to Tateâs big hit? As for the man who was rocked by Tate, heâd just as soon forget about it.
âItâs one of those deals. Itâs part of the game,â Lee said. âItâs part of football. The NFL will judge whether thatâs legal or not. Whatever it is, Iâll deal with it. Iâm on to the next game. Iâm not worried about it. Iâm more worried about how we can be better on defense, how we can improve from the mistakes we made.â
But others were more bothered by what happened, including tight end Jason Witten
âMy biggest concern was for Sean and his health,â Witten said.
As it turned out Lee was fine. After Tate hammered him on a play in which Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled 14 yards and Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter was flagged for unnecessary roughness, Lee went to the sidelines before returning to the field soon thereafter. But while Lee seemed ready to move past the incident, others werenât as quick to do so. When asked about it Monday, head coach Jason Garrett said the âthe league does a really good job addressing these things.â He also added he was happy his team didnât retaliate even though it would have been an instinctual reaction to do so.
âYou obviously want to compete, you want to have each otherâs backs,â Garrett said. âBut you also have to have poise and composure.â
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