Cardinals played within rules

After Sunday’s Arizona-Seattle game, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck predicted Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson would be punished for hitting him on a sack.

Wilson, already fined $25,000 this season for knocking out Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards, professed he “probably” would be fined or suspended.

But after studying the hit in question, the NFL determined that Wilson’s blow to Hasselbeck was legal and no punishment will be administered, a league official confirmed Tuesday. Wilson will not be fined or suspended, which means he will be on the field for Sunday’s key game against the New York Giants.

This probably will come as a surprise to Hasselbeck, who told Wilson after the play, “Good hit but expect something in the mail.” Later, Hasselbeck told reporters, “It makes me feel good that there will be some fines coming out in the next couple of days.”

Hasselbeck later apologized for those comments, saying the Cardinals played hard and within the rules.

After studying the tape, the league agreed.

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