Cowboys' Church vows payback 'within the rules' against Golden Tate

Wednesday December 31st, 2014

Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church has vowed payback "within the rules" against Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate, according to ESPN.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Church recalled the illegal blindside block Tate put on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in 2012, when Tate was with the Seattle Seahawks.

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"That was the dirtiest shot I've ever seen," Church said. "We were talking about it on the way back from Washington, me and Sean. He was just like, 'Man, I wish I could play so bad in this game just to give a little payback for what he did in Seattle.'

"Obviously he can't play, but we're definitely going to keep our radar out for [Tate] because that was a dirty shot. We're looking forward to seeing him. We'll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules, within the rules."

Tate was fined $21,000 for the hit, in which he struck Lee in the chest and chin with the crown of his helmet. Church and Dallas were also annoyed by the way Tate celebrated afterwards. 

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Lee has been on injured reserve all season due to a knee injury sustained in May.

The Cowboys host the Lions on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

- Molly Geary


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