It has been established: the player who wears the gold does not make the rules.
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $20,000 by the NFL yesterday for violating the league’s uniform policy. Ochocinco wore gold cleats during the Bengals’ 27-21 loss at Pittsburgh Monday. He was previously fined $25,000 for violating the league’s social media policy.
Cleat color must matter to the league as Minnesota wide receiver Bernard Berrian was fined $5,000 for wearing yellow cleats during the Vikings’ 27-24 overtime victory over Arizona.
The league also didn’t like the way Jets linebacker Bart Scott looked during the Jets’ 23-20 overtime victory at Detroit — albeit for safety reasons. Scott was fined $20,000 for going against the uniform policy, as he played without having his chin straps snapped at all times.
Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was docked $10,000 for hitting Miami quarterback Chad Henne “unnecessarily’’ with the crown of his helmet, and Indianapolis’s Gary Brackett also received a $10,000 fine for a similar play in which he was penalized after slamming into Philadelphia QB Michael Vick’s chest with his helmet.
Detroit’s Julian Peterson was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness after hitting the Jets’ LaDainian Tomlinson late and out of bounds, helping New York on its tying drive, and Giants safety Kenny Phillips was fined $5,000 for a major facemask penalty on Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch.
Kampman on IR
Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman
, who signed a four-year, $26 million contract in March, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a noncontact drill Thursday. Kampman will be placed on injured reserve and have surgery at a later date. Jacksonville felt like it was getting a bargain in signing the two-time Pro Bowler even though Kampman tore the ACL in his left knee last November while with the Packers
. Practicing in shorts, his No. 74 jersey, and a helmet, Kampman tweaked his knee when he planted his right leg during a pass-rush drill. He immediately suspected it was a torn ACL since he did the same thing to his other knee less than a year ago. “It’s not a feeling you forget or want to feel again,’’ Kampman said.
Calling Dr. Andrews
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford
has an appointment Monday to have Dr. James Andrews
look at his injured right shoulder. Stafford separated his throwing shoulder in Week 1 and missed five games. He played in just three games and aggravated the shoulder Sunday against the Jets. Shaun Hill
is expected to start at Buffalo, where the Lions hope to avoid an NFL-record 25th straight setback on the road . . . Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer
was limited in practice by a sore passing shoulder, but is expected to start in Indianapolis . . . As Vince Young
continued to be limited by an ankle injury, Kerry Collins
got the majority of the starter’s reps and the Titans quarterback stayed after practice to throw to new receiver Randy Moss
Harvin questionable Vikings
receiver Percy Harvin
returned to practice after absences the previous two days, but Vikings coach Brad Childress
said his migraine headaches haven’t “completely cleared.’’ Berrian has a groin injury and was limited in practice and is questionable. Meanwhile, notoriously fickle quarterback Brett Favre
told the NFL Network that he will not play in 2011. “I think he’s got his head pretty well set on it,’’ Childress said. “That’s what he’s saying and he’s said from the very start.’’ . . . The Bears expect to have center Olin Kreutz
(pulled hamstring) available to face the Vikings. Kreutz hasn’t missed a game since an appendectomy kept him out Nov. 18, 2002 . . . Giants receiver Steve Smith
was officially ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Dallas with what was described as a partially torn pectoral muscle.
Panthers running out
The Panthers are down to fourth-string running back Mike Goodson
for tomorrow’s game at Tampa Bay. DeAngelo Williams
, Jonathan Stewart
, and Tyrell Sutton
all missed practice again with injuries and won’t play against the Buccaneers. Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen
is making his fourth start for the Panthers (1-7), who signed quarterback Brian St. Pierre
to the practice squad . . . Browns linebacker Marcus Benard
sat out practice and continues to be evaluated, one day after fainting in the locker room. Benard, 25, underwent tests during his eight hours at Southwest General Hospital. Benard wants to play against the Jets; coach Eric Mangini
said it’s possible . . . The Broncos face the loss of D.J. Williams
to an NFL suspension following his second drunken driving arrest. The linebacker was charged with driving under the influence after being arrested in Denver early yesterday. Williams pleaded guilty in September 2005 to driving drunk and was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.
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