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NFL FINES JETS, MANGINI OVER FAVRE'S INJURY STATUS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The NFL assessed $125,000 in fines to the Jets and former coach Eric Mangini on Wednesday for violating league rules on injury reporting with former quarterback Brett Favre last season.

The Jets failed to place Favre, now with the Vikings, on the injury report during the final month even though he had a torn biceps tendon.

The league announced it had fined the Jets $75,000, and Mangini and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum $25,000 apiece. Mangini now coaches the Browns.

"We have been fully cooperative with the league throughout this investigation and respect their decision," the Jets said in a statement.

Hiding injuries could affect an opponent's preparation and the NFL has stepped up policing such practices. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will stress that all teams must abide by the injury report rules.

Last week, Tannenbaum said the Jets should have listed Favre as "probable" on their injury reports. The GM said the team didn't list Favre on the report because the injury wasn't severe enough to require daily treatment and there was never any doubt Favre would play.

More Jets: Coach Rex Ryan recorded a 70-second phone message that was sent to every season-ticket holder, urging fans to make it "miserable for (Tom) Brady & Co. and seem like there's 13 or 14 guys out there on defense" when the Patriots visit. "Hey, this is Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets," Ryan began the message. "I just wanted to let you know how much we need you this week. You know, I've already admitted that, hey, the Patriots have a better head coach and they've got a better quarterback than us. But we're going to see who's got a better team."

Bill forgives vandals

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is so far willing to forgive and forget after two male teens admitted to police that they defaced the player's front lawn.

Hamburg police Sgt. Thomas Best said McKelvin is refusing to press charges against two 16-year-olds, who said they spray-painted a message and an obscenity across the grass in front of the player's home shortly after a 25-24 loss at New England on Monday night.

Best said it'll be up to the Erie County district's attorney's office to press charges.

McKelvin said he didn't want anyone arrested for what happened and shrugged it off.

"It's just one little incident. I hope it doesn't happen any more," McKelvin said. "I was mad, I was kind of like angry in a way, but I was laughing a little bit for what they put on there. It was just something that isn't appropriate."

After the Patriots scored to cut Buffalo's lead to 24-19, Mc-Kelvin was faulted for not taking a knee in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff. Instead, he ran it out and had the ball stripped as he fought for yardage. The Patriots recovered and scored the decisive touchdown.

MOre Bills: Starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny is expected to miss about six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left arm. Starting defensive end Chris Kelsay (knee) is listed as day to day.

Bengals: Receiver Chad Ochocinco says he will do a "Lambeau Leap" into the end zone seats if he scores against the Packers at Lambeau Field. "I'm looking for the Cheeseheads to embrace 'Ocho,'" he said.

Browns: Running back Jamal Lewis was limited in practice because of an unspecified neck injury.

Chiefs: Quarterback Matt Cassel appeared to be running more briskly in practice, creating hope he might start Sunday against the Raiders. Coach Todd Haley said Cassel, who injured his left knee in a preseason game Aug. 29 and sat out the season opener at Baltimore, would be listed as questionable.

Eagles: Quarterback Donovan McNabb did not practice because of his cracked rib and it is still not known if he will play against New Orleans. Kevin Kolb took snaps with the starters. Coach Andy Reid said Kolb will start if McNabb can't play. Former Bucs QB Jeff Garcia, picked up Tuesday, would be Kolb's backup.

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