Nine players were fined for their roles in a fight before Monday night's game between the Eagles and Falcons, with Atlanta defensive tackle Chad Lavalais drawing the biggest fine -- $7,500 -- for a hit on Donovan McNabb during the game.
Lavalais was fined for using his helmet on McNabb, whose chest was hurt. McNabb, practiced yesterday and said he will play Sunday against San Francisco.
For the pregame fight, which resulted in Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis and Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter being ejected before kickoff, both players got $5,000 fines. Also receiving a $5,000 hit was cornerback DeAngelo Hall for unsportsmanlike conduct for grabbing an opponent's facemask and then throwing the opponent's helmet.
Two Falcons were fined $2,500 for entering a fight area, which made them active participants: safety Keion Carpenter and cornerback-kick returner Allen Rossum. Safety Kevin McCadam got a $1,000 fine.
Along with Trotter, the three Eagles fined for entering a fight area were linebackers Keith Adams, Jason Short and Mike Labinjo.
Mathis out for season
This week can't end soon enough for Mathis. Working in a one-on-one drill, the Falcons cornerback landed awkwardly on his left knee and tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. The ninth-year veteran also sustained damage to another part of his knee and hamstring. Atlanta placed Mathis on the season-ending injured reserve list and signed Christian Morton
off Washington's practice squad . . . Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
was downgraded to questionable with a bruised knee bone. If Roethlisberger can't play, backup Tommy Maddox
will start at Houston. . . . The Green Bay Packers will retire Reggie White's
No. 92 Sunday, and coach Mike Sherman
challenged his team to live up to his legacy. ''A lot of guys here didn't get a chance to play with Reggie or even get to know Reggie," said center Mike Flanagan
, a former teammate. ''So, he just wanted to let some guys know what Reggie White meant to this organization, what he meant to the NFL, and what he meant to this planet as a human being." White, who suffered from sleep apnea and sarcoidosis, died last December in Cornelius, N.C., at age 43, shortly after Packers president Bob Harlan
had approached him about having his jersey retired, the franchise's first since Ray Nitschke's
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