WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - Saints head coach Sean Payton and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have each been fined $10,000 for improperly entering the playing field of their respective games last week.
Payton was penalized late in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons for unsportsmanlike conduct, an infraction that awarded Atlanta a first down, and effectively ended the game.
“I called a timeout, and then he asked me again and I said, ‘I've already called the timeout,’ ” Payton said following the game. “Probably said it with a little bit more vigor than I was supposed to, but I had enough. I have to be smarter than that.”
Carroll’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty also came late in the fourth quarter of his game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Rule 3, Section 37, Article 1 of the NFL Rule Book: “During any timeout, including an intermission, all playing rules continue in effect. Representatives of either team are prohibited from entering the field, unless they are incoming substitutes, or team attendants or trainers entering to provide for the welfare of a player, and any game-type activities are prohibited on the Field of Play. The Head Coach may enter the field to check on the welfare of a player who is injured, but no assistant coach may enter the field.”
Jaguars offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and Jaguars wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell were also each fined $10,000 for the same violation.
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