The NFL is reviewing a play during which Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams shoved New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back. It could result in another fine for Adams or even a suspension.
“Any altercation of that nature is reviewed for discipline,” NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed Monday.
While such reviews may be routine, Adams has a history of run-ins with New York, including Week 2 this season when Tuck injured his shoulder after being tripped by Adams. The NFL fined Adams $12,500 for two plays in that game, and he was also fined for incidents in the games immediately before and after that.
Video clearly shows Adams shoving Tuck in the back at the end of the first half in New York’s 31-24 victory Sunday. There was then a small melee between players from both teams on the New York sideline, and Adams was given a personal foul penalty though no yardage was marked off against Dallas at the start of the second half.
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Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he had spoken with NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira about the play.
“He’s already reviewed it with his staff, and they are in the process of discussing it. There was no option given to us (to accept a penalty). To say the penalty was declined gives the wrong impression,” Coughlin said. “`That specific aspect of the rule has to be addressed. ... There was no eviction, no penalty, nothing.”
Fair warning for Miami
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Miami Dolphins’ stadium needs more upgrades if South Florida is to remain competitive in bidding for future Super Bowls.
The 22-year-old stadium underwent $250 million in improvements in 2007 but is still falling behind the competition with new stadiums opening in Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis and New York, Goodell said Monday.
Miami will host the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time Feb. 7. Goodell spoke at a kickoff luncheon for the game.
“They’ve done a great job hosting Super Bowls here in the past,” Goodell said. “The key thing is to make sure the stadium is state of the art and that it can compete with the stadiums in some of these other communities. They are moving to another level in some of these stadiums.”
Deficiencies with the Dolphins’ home include lighting and the location of lower-level seats, which are not close to the playing field. The league doesn’t seek a retractable roof, Goodell said.
Vikings coach Brad Childress says linebacker E.J. Henderson is in “good spirits” after having surgery on a broken left leg suffered in Minnesota’s 30-17 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Childress said the surgery went well but was not ready to say when, if ever, Henderson would be able to return to the field. … If the Indianapolis Colts beat Denver on Sunday for their record-setting 22nd consecutive regular-season victory, they also will clinch the AFC’s top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. … Steelers receiver Hines Ward strained a hamstring near the end of Pittsburgh’s 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders and is expected to miss Thursday night’s game in Cleveland. … Defensive tackle Domata Peko had arthroscopic knee surgery, sidelining one of the Cincinnati Bengals’ best run stoppers for at least a couple of weeks. … Cleveland Browns defensive lineman C.J. Mosley is done for the season with a leg injury. Mosley got hurt in Sunday’s loss to San Diego. The team placed Mosley on injured reserve, the fifth Cleveland defensive player to go on IR. … Safety O.J. Atogwe, one of the St. Louis Rams’ top playmakers on defense, could miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right shoulder that likely will eventually require surgery. …The Bills have shuffled their roster by re-signing tight end Joe Klopfenstein and releasing defensive tackle Corey Mace.