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Jets fined $100,000 for tripping incident

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NEW YORK » The NFL fined the New York Jets $100,000 yesterday for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a punt return earlier this month.

The Jets were punished because Alosi "placed players in a prohibited area on the sideline to impede an opposing team’s special teams players and gain a competitive advantage." The NFL called it "a competitive violation as well as a dangerous tactic."

The discipline was in response to the actions of Alosi, the Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, and comments made by special teams coach Mike Westhoff, who accused other teams of employing similar tactics.

"We will comply with the league’s decision," the Jets said in a statement.

Five inactive players were ordered by Alosi to stand together nearly shoulder-to-shoulder on the sideline in a 10-6 loss to Miami on Dec. 12.

Alosi was first suspended without pay for the season and fined $25,000 for tripping Carroll, before being suspended indefinitely by the team after acknowledging that he ordered the players to form the wall. Both Westhoff and coach Rex Ryan denied any knowledge of the tactic.

Harrison fine trimmed

The NFL has reduced the fine levied on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his Oct. 17 hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi from $75,000 to $50,000. The league reduced the fine because it said Harrison has made an effort to adjust his technique to play within the player safety rules.

Vick likely to sit

Michael Vick missed practice yesterday because of a leg injury and is unlikely to play Sunday when the Eagles host Dallas. The NFC East champion Eagles (10-5) are locked into the No. 3 seed, so Vick may not have played even if he was completely healthy.

Favre still not cleared

Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said yesterday that Brett Favre hasn’t passed a post-concussion test, leaving the 41-year-old quarterback roughly three more days to gain medical clearance to play Sunday at Detroit. The career record-holder in nearly every major statistical category for passing has said repeatedly this 20th NFL season will be his last.

 

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NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East
  W L T Pct PF PA
y-New England 13 2 0 .867 480 306
x-N.Y. Jets 10 5 0 .667 329 297
Miami 7 8 0 .467 266 295
Buffalo 4 11 0 .267 276 387
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Indianapolis 9 6 0 .600 412 368
Jacksonville 8 7 0 .533 336 385
Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 336 316
Houston 5 10 0 .333 356 410
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
x-Pittsburgh 11 4 0 .733 334 223
x-Baltimore 11 4 0 .733 344 263
Cleveland 5 10 0 .333 262 291
Cincinnati 4 11 0 .267 315 382
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
y-Kansas City 10 5 0 .667 356 295
San Diego 8 7 0 .533 408 294
Oakland 7 8 0 .467 379 361
Denver 4 11 0 .267 316 438

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East
  W L T Pct PF PA
y-Philadelphia 10 5 0 .667 426 363
N.Y. Giants 9 6 0 .600 377 333
Washington 6 9 0 .400 288 360
Dallas 5 10 0 .333 380 423
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
x-Atlanta 12 3 0 .800 383 278
x-New Orleans 11 4 0 .733 371 284
Tampa Bay 9 6 0 .600 318 305
Carolina 2 13 0 .133 186 377
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
y-Chicago 11 4 0 .733 331 276
Green Bay 9 6 0 .600 378 237
Minnesota 6 9 0 .400 268 328
Detroit 5 10 0 .333 342 356
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 283 312
Seattle 6 9 0 .400 294 401
San Francisco 5 10 0 .333 267 339
Arizona 5 10 0 .333 282 396

y-clinched division
x-clinched playoff spot

Sunday
Oakland at Kansas City, 8 a.m.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 8 a.m.
Miami at New England, 8 a.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 8 a.m.
Carolina at Atlanta, 8 a.m.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 8 a.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 8 a.m.
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 8 a.m.
Arizona at San Francisco, 11:15 a.m.
San Diego at Denver, 11:15 a.m.
Chicago at Green Bay, 11:15 a.m.
Jacksonville at Houston, 11:15 a.m.
N.Y. Giants at Washington, 11:15 a.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia, 11:15 a.m.
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 11:15 a.m.
St. Louis at Seattle, 3:20 p.m.
Ends regular season

Calendar
Jan. 8-9 — Wild-card playoff round.
Jan. 15-16 — Divisional playoff round.
Jan. 23 — Conference championship games.
Jan. 30 — Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
Feb. 6 — Super Bowl at Arlington, Texas.

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