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Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25,000 each but aren't suspended

The Texans receiver and Titans cornerback slugged it out in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, won by Houston.

November 29, 2010|Wire reports

The NFL fined Houston's Andre Johnson and Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan $25,000 each for their fight in Sunday's game but will not suspend them.

The Texans' star wide receiver and Titans cornerback slugged it out in the fourth quarter of the Texans' 20-0 victory.

Finnegan set off the brawl by jabbing at Johnson's neck and facemask at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ripped off Finnegan's helmet and landed at least two punches to Finnegan's head and neck. The two spun each other, and Finnegan tore off Johnson's helmet before other players and referees intervened.

Johnson apologized after the game, and Finnegan has not spoken about the incident.

Romo might be closer to returning

Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw passes to receivers at practice Monday — albeit merely soft tosses during warmups.

Still, his appearance is an indication he could be closer to returning.

Romo broke his left collarbone on Oct. 25. He is expected to sit out at least two more games to let the injury heal.

Romo has lobbed balls on the field before each of the last two games, but this was the first time he was seen throwing to teammates during the portion of practice open to media.

Dallas already is 3-8 and guaranteed not to have a winning record, so it could be pointless to risk further injury to such an important player.

Woody, Cotchery expect to play Monday

New York Jets right tackle Damien Woody sat out practice while recovering from a sprained knee ligament but expects to play at New England next Monday night. The division rivals are tied atop the AFC East with 9-2 records.

Woody sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Houston on Nov. 21 but was able to play four days later in New York's 26-10 win over Cincinnati. He was "pretty sore" and spent the weekend rehabilitating.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was limited in practice but also hopes to play after sitting out two games because of a groin injury.

Edwards could be out for season

Buffalo Bills Coach Chan Gailey fears defensive end Dwan Edwards could miss the rest of the season because of a left hamstring injury.

With five games left, Gailey hasn't ruled out the possibility of Edwards' being put on season-ending injured reserve because he may not recover in time. Edwards was hurt in the first quarter of a 19-16 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Cornerback Terrence McGee's status is uncertain after he aggravated a knee injury last week. Gailey says McGee will have tests this week to determine his status.

Rookie running back C.J. Spiller and defensive end Spencer Johnson are expected to return Sunday, when Buffalo (2-9) plays at Minnesota (4-7). Both missed two weeks because of hamstring injuries.

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