Atlanta Falcons' William Moore among players fined by NFL

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NEW YORK — Atlanta safety William Moore and Miami linebacker Philip Wheeler have been fined more than $20,000 apiece by the NFL for illegal hits during games last weekend.

Atlanta's William Moore (left) was fined for a hit against Seattle, but Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wasn't fined on this running play.    FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's William Moore (left) was fined for a hit against Seattle, but Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wasn't fined on this running play.

Moore has been docked $22,050 for hitting Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate in the head and neck area, a blow that drew a penalty in the Falcons’ loss last Sunday. It was the fourth time this season that Moore had been fined.

Moore also complained that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was not penalized for grabbing him by the facemask during the game. Lynch also was not fined for the infraction.

Wheeler was fined $21,000 for his hit in the head and neck area of Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon.

Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews and Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett also were fined for rough hits on quarterbacks, each docked $15,750.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $7,875 for grabbing the facemask of Carolina’s A.J. Klein while he was being sacked.

SEAHAWKS: Percy Harvin will likely make his long-awaited debut Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Harvin is listed as probable after practicing all week with the team. He was limited during Wednesday’s practice but fully participated on Thursday and Friday and will likely suit up for the first time in over a year against his former team.

Harvin hasn’t played since a Nov. 4, 2012, game against the Seahawks while he was with the Vikings.

EAGLES: Rookie safety Earl Wolff (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Washington, and the team could be without two more defensive starters.

Veteran Patrick Chung, who was rotating with Wolff and Nate Allen at the safety positions, will start.

Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee), cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) and left tackle Jason Peters (quad) are listed as questionable.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski apologized Friday after a videotape of him mocking a man of Asian heritage at a Foxborough bar last week was posted online.

Gronkowski was heard on a tape posted by TMZ Sports mocking a man wearing Gronkowski’s No. 87 jersey.

“They told me he could only cook fried rice,” Gronkowski said into a microphone at the club. He then called the man “Leslie Chow,” the Asian character played by Ken Jeong in The Hangover movies.

RAIDERS: It’s looking more and more as though quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s sprained right knee will keep him out of Sunday’s game in Houston.

A day after appearing to make progress on the practice field, Pryor suffered a setback Friday and is listed as questionable.

Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, the only other quarterback on the Raiders’ 53-man roster, worked exclusively with the first team offense and will start if Pryor is unavailable.

OBITUARY: Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.

During his nearly 50 years in professional football, McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions, including president of the Carolina Panthers.

Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said he spoke with McCormack’s wife, Ann, and was informed of McCormack’s death from natural causes.

McCormack spent 12 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955. He played with Otto Graham and blocked for running back Jim Brown.

McCormack later coached the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-75), Baltimore Colts (1980-81) and Seattle Seahawks (1982). He served as president and general manager of the Seahawks.


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