Wednesday, September 14, 2005

After ejection, Trotter will be 'fine'

From Newsday:

Pair will be fined for pregame fight

The NFL is expected to fine Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis for fighting in warm-ups before Monday night's game in Atlanta, Newsday has learned.

The fines are likely to be announced tomorrow or Friday. An amount hasn't been determined, but a person familiar with the situation said it likely would be similar to the $10,000 fines issued to Browns running back William Green and Steelers linebacker Joey Porter for a pregame scuffle last season.

Trotter and Mathis were arguing before the game, and the two then came to blows. An official was in the vicinity, and he ejected both players before the game started.

The teams will not dole out additional fines. The collective bargaining agreement stipulates that a team cannot fine a player for the same infraction if the league issues a fine.

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