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Four New York Giants fined for actions in win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA — The fallout continues from Sunday's Bucs-Giants game.

The NFL came down on several Giants players, announcing Friday that it had assessed a major fine for a brutal hit and two smaller fines for issues relating to the infamous kneel-down play at the game's end.

The big one: The $30,000 fine given S Kenny Phillips, who launched himself into Bucs WR Vincent Jackson in the third quarter. Phillips was fined for an act of unnecessary roughness during in which he hit a defenseless player in the head and neck area, a league spokesman said.

Phillips was not penalized on the play, drawing the ire of the Bucs organization. Coach Greg Schiano had said the club would submit the call to the league office for review.

Regarding the kneel-down play, OL David Baas and Kevin Boothe each were fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. Baas struck a Bucs player in the head area, a league spokesman said. Replays showed him throwing punches after the play. Boothe struck an opponent in the neck, the league said. That would be DE Adrian Clayborn, who took a knee from Boothe.

RB Andre Brown was fined $15,750 for using a horse-collar tackle on CB Brandon McDonald's interception return.

No Bucs were fined.

BLOUNT STAYS READY: While starting RB Doug Martin is doing his thing on the field Sunday against the Cowboys, veteran backup LeGarrette Blount could be mostly a spectator for the third consecutive game.

But if Blount is called upon, he vows to be ready despite having three carries in two games.

"At the end of the day, if they tell me to go in, I'm going to be ready," said Blount, the team's leading rusher in each of the past two seasons. "I might not play as much, but I stand there and listen and do everything that everybody else does. My time will come. And I'll be ready."

Blount averaged 14.3 carries in 2010 and 2011. But Martin's addition has reduced Blount to a complementary role, one Blount says he understands.

Schiano "coaches by (doing) what he thinks is going to work at that time," Blount said, "and if he feels like it's not my time to play or I'm not able to help the team at that point, what happened these last couple of weeks is going to continue to happen."

The team might have an opportunity to kick-start its running game against a Cowboys defense that yielded 182 rushing yards to the Seahawks on Sunday.

WHY OWUSU? When the Bucs signed WR Chris Owusu off the Chargers practice squad Thursday, they did so knowing about his history of concussions, which likely cost him a chance at being drafted out of Stanford this year.

"There certainly were concerns," Schiano said. "But here's a guy who went through the preseason, he played on special teams. As an organization, you use all your resources, your doctors, your trainers. We made a decision to go ahead. I think he's going to be fine. If it turns out different, then you have to do what you have to do."

Owusu, who might eventually have a role on special teams, called the Bucs "a physical blue-collar group, and I can't wait to be a part of that."

BE READY: Among Schiano's chief concerns heading into Dallas is the Cowboys' ability to alter the appearance of their defensive front and the challenges that creates for the offense at the line of scrimmage. "We just need to play decisive and fast," he said. "They just give us so many different looks that if you're not on top of your game, you can put yourself in a bad play. … That's the chess match of pro football."

BUCS BITS: Days after being re-signed to the roster, WR Jordan Shipley likely will be the lead punt returner. … WR Arrelious Benn is expected to continue returning kickoffs.

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