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December 31, 2009
Fines galore for Stewart ($25K), Seymour ($10K), Routt ($5K)

Stanford Routt may have been ejected from Sunday's game at Cleveland for what was described as a head-butt but the cornerback had yet to hear Thursday morning from the NFL office regarding a potential fine.

"But I'm pretty sure I'll be hearing from somebody soon," he told reporters today.

The news came while the Raiders were on the practice field later in the afternoon as Routt was reportedly slapped with a $5,000 fine. Also, Richard Seymour was fined a reported $10,000 for his personal fouls in Cleveland and Tony Stewart was hit with his reported $25,000 fine for making contact with an official in the defeat to the Browns.

Routt was also asked by reporters if he did indeed head-butt a Browns player.

"Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't," he said. "It's over and done with now. We've got the Ravens on Sunday."

Got it? Good.

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Earlier in the week, players spoke of the "Raider Mystique," and how the Raiders always seem to be on the wrong end of so many penalties. Thursday after practice, coach Tom Cable was asked how to keep his players from buying into such a conspiracy theory.

"We did talk about that, staying composed, staying in the game, don't worry about those things, making plays, getting a lead, playing with a lead," Cable said. "It all seems to take care of itself when you're doing those things."

Or not. Because Cable was also asked is his 5-10 Raiders would be in the playoffs if they had better officiating. Cable did not bite.

"It's hard for me to say much about that because of the league rules," Cable said. "But when it comes back that a number of them shouldn't have been called by the head officials, it is what it is. We coach it to not have those kind of things happen but when the report came back and said (certain penalties should not have been called), that's a big deal."

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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