New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the 2010 Male Athlete of the Year, chosen by members of the

Associated Press.

Brees is just the fourth NFL quarterback in four decades to win the annual AP award, which dates to 1931. The Super Bowl MVP received 48 of 176 votes submitted by news organizations that make up the AP's membership.

Brees led the Saints to their first NFL title last February. The victory came amid the backdrop of millions of dollars in charitable work Brees has spearheaded to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Noteworthy

* New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reiterated yesterday that he knew nothing about the wall of players that was formed on the sideline last Sunday against Miami, during which an assistant coach tripped a Dolphins player.

"I'm not a guy that lies about anything," Ryan said. "I'm just speaking the truth. If that amazes people, it amazes people."

Ryan also responded to comments made by Brian Billick, whom Ryan coached for in Baltimore. Billick told ESPN Radio that "of course Rex knew about this."

"I wish he would have asked me," Ryan said. "I would have told him the truth. I think he made an assumption there. But he's wrong."

* The Packers listed quarterback Aaron Rodgers as doubtful to play against the Patriots a week after he suffered his second concussion of the season. Coach Mike McCarthy isn't ruling him out, however.

* The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed veteran Todd Bouman yesterday, the same day they listed starting quarterback David Garrard as questionable for tomorrow's critical game at Indianapolis.

* Steelers linebacker James Harrison will use money given him by fans to help pay his NFL fines to throw a Christmas party for needy children and their families.

In other Steelers news, safety Troy Polamalu missed practice for a third consecutive day because of a strained right Achilles' tendon and a sore calf and is likely to miss tomorrow's game against the Jets.

* Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has been fined $12,500 by the NFL for hitting Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the head and neck in their game Monday night.

* The Vikings' Asher Allen was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness when he hit the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw late.

* Denver's Kevin Vickerson was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle, while teammate Syd'Quan Thompson was docked $5,000 for unnecessary roughness for a late hit at Arizona.

* St. Louis' Oshiomogho Atogwe drew a $5,000 fine grabbing New Orleans' Reggie Bush by the helmet on a tackle.