Titans owner is fined $250,000 for gesture

NFL Notes

Bengals eye Larry Johnson

surgery for Jets' Leonhard

November 17, 2009|By From Sun news services

The NFL has fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee's victory over the Bills.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine Monday. League spokesman Greg Aiello said it was for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday's 41-17 victory.

Adams, 86, issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement.

Goodell was at the game after having breakfast with Adams. The league said Goodell left Adams' suite at the end of the third quarter and spent the fourth quarter sitting with fans in the end zone before leaving the stadium.

BENGALS: Coach Marvin Lewis said Larry Johnson would be in Cincinnati to discuss a limited role: fourth-string running back.

Lewis said the interest in Johnson is unrelated to the strained hip muscle suffered by starter Cedric Benson on Sunday. Benson is expected to practice on a limited basis this week and could play Sunday in Oakland.

JETS: Former Ravens safety Jim Leonhard was scheduled to have surgery on his broken right thumb Monday night.

Leonhard, third on the team in tackles with 58 and the defensive play-caller, was injured Sunday on Maurice Jones-Drew's 33-yard touchdown run in a 24-22 loss to the Jaguars.

PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick on Monday stood by his ill-fated decision to go for it on fourth down rather than punt to the Colts, who then took over for the winning touchdown in Sunday's waning seconds. He said he didn't fault running back Kevin Faulk for not getting the necessary yardage on the play.

"I thought it was our best chance to win. I thought we needed to make that one play and then we could basically run out the clock," he said. "And we weren't able to make it."

REDSKINS: Clinton Portis is still experiencing "a little blurriness" from his concussion, making it uncertain whether the running back will play next week against the Cowboys.

When Portis does come back, he'll regain his starting job - even though Washington had its best rushing day of the season without him.

BILLS: Left tackle Demetrius Bell's right knee injury could be season-ending, coach Dick Jauron said.

COWBOYS: Dallas will be without safety Ken Hamlin (sprained ankle) at least three weeks and offensive tackle Marc Columbo (broken left leg, ankle ligament damage) longer than that.

DOLPHINS: Running back Ronnie Brown remained on crutches 24 hours after hurting his right foot.

He's unlikely to play Thursday at Carolina and could be sidelined much longer.

BRONCOS: Coach Josh McDaniels says he won't know until later in the week if quarterback Kyle Orton's sprained left ankle will prevent him from playing against the Chargers.

EAGLES: Brian Westbrook's status is uncertain after the former All-Pro running back suffered another concussion in Philadelphia's loss at San Diego.

RAMS: Leading wide receiver Keenan Burton is out for the season with a torn patella tendon.

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