Four Patriots players, including receiver Randy Moss, were sent home after missing a team meeting, according to a report.

The Providence Journal reported on its Web site that Moss, defensive end Derrick Burgess and linebackers Adalius Thomas and Gary Guyton were all late for an 8 a.m. meeting after being delayed by weather conditions. They were then sent home and missed both morning and afternoon practice sessons.

The report did not divulge who sent them home and head coach Bill Belichick declined to elaborate.

"Anything that happens with discipline on the team stays between me and the players on the team," he said.

Noteworthy

* The NFL fined Dallas left tackle Flozell Adams $50,000 for shoving New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back during Sunday's game. League spokesman Randall Liu said the fine was for unnecessary roughness. It is Adams' fifth such infraction this season.

* Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco is taking the NFL's $30,000 fine for his latest touchdown celebration as a challenge to do more. He was fined for donning a poncho and a sombrero next to the bench after scoring during Sunday's win over Detroit. Earlier this season, he was fined $10,000 for pretending to bribe an official during a game.

"That's OK," Ochocinco said of his latest fine. "They keep jacking them up, I'll keep jacking up the celebrations."

* New York Jets coach Rex Ryan decided quarterback Mark Sanchez will not play at Tampa Bay on Sunday because of a sprained right knee. Ryan said Kellen Clemens will start.

* Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward practiced lightly despite a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for the Steelers' game at Cleveland tonight. The Browns will be missing defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who has a knee injury.

* Dallas quarterback Tony Romo may be the holder for kicker Nick Folk when the Cowboys play San Diego Sunday. Folk is reportedly unhappy with the way punter Mat McBriar holds. The last time Romo held for the Cowboys was in a January 2007 playoff game. He bobbled the snap, preventing Dallas from trying a short go-ahead field goal in the final minutes of a loss in Seattle, then tearfully apologized afterward.

* St. Louis safety Oshiomogho Atogwe was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.

* San Diego defensive lineman Ogemdi Nwagbuo will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

* Detroit will start quarterback Daunte Culpepper at Baltimore instead of Matthew Stafford, whose left, non-throwing, shoulder is banged up.

* Randy Hanson, who accused Oakland head coach Tom Cable of assault after a training-camp scuffle, returned to work in the team's personnel department. Hanson had been employed as an assistant defensive backs coach before the Aug. 5 incident in which he suffered a broken jaw and had not been around the team since. Cable has denied assaulting Hanson and no charges were filed.