Jets coach suspended for tripping Dolphin

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


Sal 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." He said the team spoke with the NFL throughout the day, and the league will issue no further discipline.

"We're really disappointed with Sal, with what happened, and we're going to hold him accountable for his actions," he said.

Alosi stuck out his left knee on the sideline and tripped Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll , who was covering a punt during Miami's 10-6 win Sunday. Carroll, a rookie, fell to the turf and lay there for several minutes before walking off.

"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."

Coach Rex Ryan said Alosia's actions have "no business in this league or anywhere else."

Alosi said he apologized by phone to both Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano on Sunday.

- Ryan stood by Mark Sanchez a day after he considered benching his struggling quarterback, saying Sanchez needs to improve in a hurry but that he is "our quarterback."

- 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.

PACKERS: Even with Green Bay's playoff hopes in jeopardy, coach Mike McCarthy insists the team will err on the side of caution when evaluating quarterback Aaron Rodgers' second concussion of the season.

Rodgers was expected to begin the evaluation protocol for head injuries Monday. His availability for Sunday's game at New England remains unclear.

CONCUSSIONS: 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 NFL considers that proof players and teams are taking head injuries more seriously and being more open about them. The players themselves agree.



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