The NFL fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee's victory over the Bills.
Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine Monday, and league spokesman Greg Aiello said it was for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday’s 41-17 victory.
The 86-year-old Adams issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the moment.
Goodell was at the game, after having breakfast with Adams. The league said that Goodell left Adams’ suite at the end of the third quarter and spent the fourth quarter sitting with fans in the end zone before leaving the stadium.
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Adams said in an earlier statement that he expected league discipline for his actions and would accept any punishment.
“I do realize that those types of things shouldn’t happen,” Adams said. “I need to specifically apologize to the Bills, their fans, our fans and the NFL. I obviously have a great deal of respect for (Buffalo owner) Ralph Wilson and the history we have shared.”
Belichick defends gamble
Bill Belichick defended his decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 as criticism mounted of the call that led to the New England Patriots stunning loss.
The coach hailed as one of the NFL’s best was a target of columnists, talk radio callers and two of his former players, Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Why, they all wondered, did he gamble with a six-point lead and just over two minutes to go against the Indianapolis Colts?
The gamble failed and the Patriots lost, 35-34, after leading by 17 points in the fourth quarter Sunday night.
“The same thing I said after the game,” Belichick said at his regular Monday news conference. “I thought it was our best chance to win. I thought we needed to make that one play and then we could basically run out the clock. We weren’t able to make it.”
Running back Larry Johnson is expected to visit the Bengals, who are interested in signing him as a backup only. Kansas City released Johnson week ago. … Brian Westbrook sustained his second concussion in three weeks in Philadelphia’s 31-23 loss at San Diego on Sunday. Eagles coach Andy Reid said it’s too early to tell when the former All-Pro running back will return, if at all. … The Dallas Cowboys will be without safety Ken Hamlin at least three weeks and offensive tackle Marc Columbo longer than that. Hamlin sprained an ankle, and Columbo broke his left leg and sustained ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s 17-7 loss to Green Bay. … New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard was scheduled to have surgery on his broken right thumb Monday night. … Saints starting cornerback Tracy Porter has a sprained left knee, will not require surgery and is expected to return to the field this season. Porter has a sprained medial collateral ligament. … Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell’s right knee injury could be season-ending. … The Jacksonville Jaguars are unlikely to have cornerback Rashean Mathis, who injured his groin in a 24-22 victory at the New York Jets, this week against the Bills. … The Jets waived cornerback Ahmad Carroll, one of their special teams standouts, and signed linebacker Kenwin Cummings from the practice squad.