Andre Waters of the Philadelphia Eagles was fined "a substantial amount," by the NFL on Saturday for hitting Minnesota quarterback Rich Gannon below the knees after Gannon released a touchdown pass Monday night. League spokesman Greg Aiello said the fine was levied by commissioner Paul Tagliabue after a review of tapes of Monday night's game, won 32-24 by the Eagles.
Aiello did not divulge the amount of the fine, although it was believed to be somewhere in the $10,000 range.
Waters, Philadelphia's free safety, was blitzing on the play, a 78-yard touchdown pass to Cris Carter, and hit Gannon below the knees _ in violation of a rule enacted in 1989 after Waters did the same to Jim Everett of the Rams in 1988.
There was no penalty called on Waters for hitting Gannon.
Waters previously had been fined for late hits and also met with then-commissioner Pete Rozelle in April 1989 to discuss what some considered dirty play. Waters has maintained he plays within the rules.
Around the league
Bengals: An Arizona State University coed has filed a $1-million lawsuit against rookie wide receiver Lynn James, accusing him of beating, raping and kidnapping her in 1989 and early 1990.
James, a standout on the Sun Devil football team during 1987-89, was a fifth-round pick in last April's NFL draft.
Raiders: The team added three players, including Bo Jackson and Howie Long, to their active roster.
The Raiders also moved running back Greg Bell and rookie linebacker Art Jimerson to the injured-reserve list. Bell suffered a sprained ankle last week against Seattle and Jimerson has a neck sprain.
Those spots went to Long and linebacker Alex Gordon.
Eagles: Former Pro Bowl receiver Mike Quick, still suffering the effects of knee surgery, has been placed on the injured-reserve list.
Quick's season ended prematurely last year after six games when he underwent surgery on both knees.
Oilers: Houston's No.
1 draft choice, Lamar Lathon, was activated and will suit up for today's game against New Orleans. Lathon had been sidelined since the preseason because of a shoulder injury.
Falcons: Atlanta released rookie safety Eric Bergeson and activated fourth-year veteran safety Tim Gordon.