The NFL is reviewing a play on which Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams shoved New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back. It could result in another fine for Adams or even a suspension.
"Any altercation of that nature is reviewed for discipline," NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed yesterday.
While such reviews may be routine, Adams has a history of run-ins with New York, including Week 2 this season when Tuck injured his shoulder after being tripped by Adams. The NFL fined Adams $12,500 for two plays in that game, and he also was fined for incidents in the games immediately before and after that.
Adams was fined $7,500 by the NFL after kicking at Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers in Week 3. He was docked $5,000 for an unnecessary-roughness penalty in the opener at Tampa Bay.
Video clearly shows Adams shoving Tuck in the back at the end of the first half in New York's 31-24 victory Sunday. There was then a small melee between players from both teams on the New York sideline, and Adams was given a personal-foul penalty though no yardage was marked off against Dallas at the start of the second half.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he had spoken with NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira about the play.
"He's already reviewed it with his staff, and they are in the process of discussing it. There was no option given to us [to accept a penalty]. To say the penalty was declined gives the wrong impression," Coughlin said.
Coughlin said he was told there wasn't any option because the penalty happened after the whistle had been blown, after a Giants player in the end zone fielded a missed field-goal attempt and stepped out of bounds to end the half.
* Chicago coach Lovie Smith would not comment on a Chicago Sun-Times report that recently fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis would be interested in becoming the Bears' offensive coordinator if the job were to become available.
The newspaper attributed the story to a source close to Weis, who has said he expects to be coaching in the NFL next season. There has been speculation about the job security of Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
* Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward strained a hamstring near the end of the Steelers' loss to Oakland and is expected to miss Thursday night's game in Cleveland.
* Minnesota coach Brad Childress said linebacker E.J. Henderson is in "good spirits" after having surgery on the broken left leg he suffered in Sunday night's loss to Arizona.
Childress said he didn't know when, if ever, Henderson would be able to return to the field.
* St. Louis safety O.J. Atogwe could miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right shoulder he suffered against Chicago Sunday. Atogwe said he hasn't ruled out finishing the year while wearing a brace but said the injury will eventually require surgery.
* Mark Sanchez did not practice for the New York Jets while recovering from a sprained right knee he suffered in a win over Buffalo last Thursday night, but coach Rex Ryan is optimistic about the rookie quarterback's chances of playing Sunday at Tampa Bay.
* Houston coach Gary Kubiak said quarterback Matt Schaub could play against Seattle this weekend despite dislocating his nonthrowing shoulder against Jacksonville on Sunday.
* Cleveland defensive lineman C.J. Mosley is done for the season with a leg injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to San Diego. Browns coach Eric Mangini would not specify Mosley's injury, but said the 26-year-old likely will have surgery. Mosley left the stadium on crutches and told some teammates he broke his ankle.
* Cincinnati defensive tackle Domata Peko had arthroscopic knee surgery, sidelining him for at least a couple of weeks. Peko sprained his left knee during a game on Oct. 18 but didn't miss any time until Sunday, when he was inactive for a win over Detroit.
* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Miami Dolphins' stadium needs more upgrades if South Florida is to remain competitive in bidding for future Super Bowls. The 22-year-old stadium underwent $250 million in improvements in 2007 but is still falling behind the competition with new stadiums opening in Dallas, Arizona, Indianapolis and New York, Goodell said.
Miami will host the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time on Feb. 7.
Goodell, who spoke about an array of topics, also said benefits for former players will be improved. "We need to do more, and we will do more," he said.