He'll probably catch a fine.
looked like a clean block to me
On the defense-less argument, I can see it. Tate came in from the side at full pace, which left Lee with no time to react, as he was focused on the ball carrier. I do agree though that its not the same as a defense-less receiver or QB.
This is Mike Pereira's tweet
The hit on Lee is an illegal blindside block. Lee is considered defenseless, which means you can't lower your head & hit in head/neck area.
Personally, I think him being considered defenseless is absolutely crazy. He wasn't in the air trying to make a catch, he wasn't kicking a field goal, he wasn't fielding a punt, he just didn't have his head on a swivel. What's Tate supposed to do? Wait for him to take his head out of his ass?
Pretty hilariously the replacement refs called a personal foul on this play.. but it wasn't on Tate. It was on a Cowboy for that delicate late push out of bounds. Watched it with a Dallas fan who nearly had a stroke from the call.