Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL for not speaking with the media this season, ESPN reported Sunday.
The fine is one of the stiffest handed down this season. The NFL requires players to talk to the media.
Lynch spoke briefly to reporters Friday, but the league considered that too little, too late to avoid the fine.
According to the Seattle Times, Lynch answered nine questions in 79 words for a total of one minute and 23 seconds before thanking reporters and stepping away.
Lynch led the Seahawks with 1,257 rushing yards, a career-best 316 receiving yards and scored 12 touchdowns (10 rushing).
Seattle (13-3), the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, hosts the New Orleans Saints next Saturday. The No. 6 Saints advanced after beating the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles 26-24 in the wild-card round.