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Jets coach gets tripping penalty

New York Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi, who tripped a Miami Dolphins player during a game, was suspended by the team Monday without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.

Alosi, the strength and conditioning coach, began serving his suspension immediately and will have no access to the team’s practice facility.

“I accept responsibility for my actions and respect the team’s decision,” Alosi said in a statement.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Alosi will not be allowed to interact with any players or coaches “as it pertains to his job function.”

Alosi stuck out his left knee on the sideline and tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, who was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami’s 10-6 win Sunday.

“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions,” said Alosi, fighting back tears during a news conference earlier Monday. “My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible.”

Alosi said he apologized by phone to Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano on Sunday. Alosi was a linebacker for Hofstra from 1996-2000, and earned an award for sportsmanship and fair play both on and off the field during his college career.

AUTOGRAPH HOUND

Cowboys running back Tashard Choice apologized via Twitter for asking Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for an autograph right after a loss.

As Vick was walking off the field, Choice approached with a white glove and a black marker. Choice can be seen explaining his request, handing over the marker and Vick happily providing his signature for Choice’s nephew. Vick even rubbed the top of Choice’s head as they said goodbye, the two having known each other for several years from when Vick played in Atlanta and Choice was at Georgia Tech.

BUCCANEER ARRESTED

Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes was jailed on disorderly conduct and trespassing charges after a dispute at a popular nightclub in Tampa, the third arrest of a Buccaneers player in the past two months.

Coach Raheem Morris called the string of run-ins with the law frustrating, but also said Hayes will play Sunday against the Lions.

EXTRA POINTS

If the Vikings are going to play Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota officials say they need to know by today in order to get the stadium operational. According to league data obtained by The Associated Press, the number of concussions being reported this season is up more than 20 percent from 2009, and more than 30 percent from 2008. The Eagles’ 30-27 win over the Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football matched the highest preliminary rating in the show’s five years, earning a 16.5 overnight rating and 25 share to equal last year’s Giants-Cowboys matchup to open Dallas’ new stadium. Jets starting right tackle Damien Woody will have arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his injured right knee, sidelining him for at least one game and possibly the rest of the regular season. Eagles rookie defensive end Brandon Graham, the No. 13 overall pick, will miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament, and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley is out indefinitely with a dislocated his right elbow. The Vikings-Eagles will replace Chargers-Bengals as the Sunday night game Dec. 26 under the NFL’s flexible scheduling policy. ... Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie John Skelton will remain the starting quarterback after the Cardinals ended their seven-game skid.

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