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Trueblood fined $15k



Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for "impermissible contact with a game official" during Sunday's victory against the Cardinals, according to an NFL spokesman.

Trueblood was ejected from the game after a run-in with Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. During the altercation, in which Trueblood pursued Dockett but was restrained by teammates, Trueblood inadvertently brushed an official. That's a no-no under NFL rules, so it was expected that he'd garner some kind of punishment. Dockett was not fined for his role.

The Bucs were upset after the game, accusing the Cardinals of instigation by swatting at the ball prior to the snap.

"When you look at the replay, they swatted the ball. They missed that call," coach Jon Gruden said Monday. "Then, they tried to swat the ball again. There were some after-the-whistle things going on there that the NFL should look into."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:52pm]


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