The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for their conduct toward replacement officials.
The fines come as the league and its referees’ union were meeting amid reports they were close to ending the lockout of the regular officials.
Belichick grabbed an official’s arm at the end of Sunday night’s game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for “abuse of officials” in Washington’s loss to Cincinnati.
“It was inappropriate for me to contact the official. I take responsibility for what happened,” Belichick said in statement released by the team. “ I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore.”
Shanahan, the son of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for berating officials in the final seconds of the Redskins’ 38-31 loss. He also confronted an official in a stadium tunnel after the game.
“Any time you do what he did you’re going to get fined, and that’s the nature of the game,” Mike Shanahan said. “If you don’t abide by the rules, you’re going to pay a penalty and usually after a guy pays 25 grand, they usually learn very quickly.”
Also, the NFL said Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh won’t be fined for making contact with a game official during Sunday’s 31-30 win over New England. Ray Anderson, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, said Harbaugh did not violate the rule regarding abuse of officials.
On Monday, the league fined Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for berating officials during a loss to Atlanta on Sept. 17.
Giants: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw guaranteed he will play this Sunday and when he does, he will return as the starter.
Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw will assume his starting role and Andre Brown will back up Bradshaw. In an interview with ESPN NY 98.7 FM on Tuesday, Bradshaw had “guaranteed” he would play in Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bradshaw went through a full practice on Wednesday and will play Sunday night against Philadelphia, barring a setback. Bradshaw injured his neck in the first half against Tampa Bay and missed last Thursday’s win over Carolina.
Jets: Reggie Bush and Rex Ryan apparently differ on the meaning of “hot sauce.”
The New York Jets’ coach said Wednesday he meant it as a compliment last week when he told reporters his defense needed to pour hot sauce on the Miami Dolphins’ leading rusher.
Bush didn’t take it that way, suggesting to a South Florida radio station Monday that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis deserved to get hurt because of Ryan’s pregame comments.
Ryan, responding to Bush’s “what-goes-around-comes-around” remark, said the hot-sauce reference was meant as, “You have to pour a ton of attention on him.”
“He definitely misinterpreted my comment,” Ryan said, quickly adding, “Next time we play them (Oct. 28), he’s going to get attention from us because he’s a great football player. It’s almost a compliment that’s taken a different way.”
Redskins: Robert Griffin III has taken so many hard hits that he’s going to tone down the trickery.
The rookie quarterback said Wednesday that he’s going to start making it clear that he doesn’t have the ball when he hands it off on an option play.
By selling the fake, Griffin has been vulnerable to jarring, legal hits from defenders. Coach Mike Shanahan says he doesn’t want Griffin taking that many shots.
Griffin says, “I guess I’ll just be running with my arms open a lot more.”
He is getting hit plenty on other plays. He has 32 carries this season - eight more than any other quarterback. He’s also been sacked nine times.
The Redskins play at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Lions: An attorney for defensive tackle Nick Fairley asked a judge Wednesday to approve a pre-trial diversion program instead of putting the player on trial facing charges of drunken-driving and fleeing police.
Fairley was charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude police following a May 27 arrest. His Mobile County District Court trial was set to start Wednesday morning, but attorney Sid Harrell instead filed paperwork requesting Fairley attend an anti-DUI course after stipulating to a first-time DUI.
Fairley faces a six-month suspended jail term, a year on probation and a $600 fine if his request to attend the pre-trial diversion program is denied.