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5 players fined for Raiders-Bengals fight

5 players fined for Raiders-Bengals fight

NEW YORK (AP) Four Raiders and one Bengal were fined $26,250 each for fighting in last Sunday's game.

Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston,

Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy drew the fines Friday.

The brawl started after a Bengals play was whistled dead because of a false start. Houston tackled quarterback Andy Dalton after the whistle, and Whitworth confronted the lineman, going facemask to facemask.

Later in the week, Whitworth called some of the Raiders ``cowards'' for hitting him during an on-field skirmish.

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall drew two fines that totaled $35,750. He was docked $20,000 for a horse-collar tackle, and $15,750 for a late hit against Dallas.

Fined $21,000 were Panthers running back Mike Tolbert for a blindside block on a kickoff against Philadelphia, and Packers safety Jerron McMillian for helmet-to-helmet contact with defenseless New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett.

Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was fined $20,000 for kicking the back of 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet.

Also fined $15,750 were Texans defensive end J.J. Watt $15,750 for roughing the passer after he struck Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the head and neck area; Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson for unnecessary roughness against Denver; Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for a horse-collar tackle on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson; and Rams DE Chris Long for striking Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley in the head.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was docked $10,000 for throwing the ball at Minnesota cornerback AJ Jefferson.

Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late hit against San Diego.


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Injury Geno Smith suffered vs. Ravens thought to be torn ACL

Injury Geno Smith suffered vs. Ravens thought to be torn ACL

The New York Jets' quarterback controversy appears to have taken another turn.

The team believes the injury Geno Smith suffered against the Ravens is a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.

The Jets decided to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick and go with Smith against the Ravens after a 26-3 Week 6 loss to the Cardinals. Fitzpatrick was leading the NFL in interceptions through Week 6 with 11.

But when the injury forced Smith out of the game late in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick came in and went 9-of-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown, leading the Jets to a 24-16 win. Smith was 4-of-8 for 95 yards and one touchdown before sustaining the injury.

He now has the chance to regain his starting spot.

RELATED: Fitzpatrick critical of Jets organization following win over Ravens

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Former Raven Vonta Leach critical of NFL's double-standard in regards to Josh Brown, Ray Rice

Former Raven Vonta Leach critical of NFL's double-standard in regards to Josh Brown, Ray Rice

Former Ravens' fullback Vonta Leach wants to why.

Leach, who paved the way for the Ravens run game from 2011 to 2013, wants to know why Giants kicker Josh Brown remains in the NFL while Ray Rice still struggles to find work.

Brown did not travel with the Giants to England for their Week 7 game against the Rams due after new information related to domestic violence against his then-wife came to light this week. Brown was placed on the commissioner's exempt list, and according to an ESPN source, the Giants are all but done with him.

Rice, who was teammates with Leach for three seasons, was essentially excommunicated from the Ravens and the NFL after a 2014 video tape was leaked showing Rice strike then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

Leach wants to know why Brown, who admitted to numerous incidences of domestic violence, has yet to be given the same sort of punishment Rice received.

Rice has made every effort possible to atone for his sin. He has spoken to numerous youth, high school and college teams about the treatment of women, and has shown great sorrow and remorse in the wake of his actions. One would think Rice has done enough to deserve a second chance.

But the issue here is two-fold.

First, Rice is a 5-8 running back who was already nearing a decline at the time of his suspension. Teams don't rely on running backs in the same regard as a few years ago, and while Rice deserves a second chance, he just simple isn't a desired commodity.

Secondly, the video evidence changed the entire perspective. The initial video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of the elevator was leaked on February 19. Rice was issued a two-game suspension by the NFL four months later. On September 8, video of Rice striking Palmer was leaked. On the very same day, Rice was released by the Ravens and issued an indefinite suspension by the NFL.

There is no tangible evidence against Brown, although it should not make a difference.

Domestic violence is domestic violence regardless of video evidence. But the swift handling of Rice in wake of the second video set a dangerous precedent.

Leach is right. Brown admitted to abusing his wife several times. The discrepancy between the handling of Rice and the handling of Brown should not be this vast. 

While the NFL is attempting to do due diligence, the precedent they set with Rice has made it nearly impossible for them to do the right thing, and they have only themselves to blame.

They also owe Leach — and all of us — an answer.