Sunday, September 15, 2013

Report: No suspensions for Jets-Pats scuffle


The New York Jets and New England Patriots got into a little scuffle at the conclusion of their Thursday night bout.

As Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib returned the game-sealing interception, Jets center Nick Mangold went at Talib's legs to make a tackle. Talib did a little spin move out of bounds, and Mangold ended up rolling into Talib's ankles.

That prompted some Patriots players to confront Mangold, which prompted Mangold and some other Jets players to confront some Patriots players.

Mangold, as well as teammates Willie Colon and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, are reportedly under league review for their actions during the extracurricular activities. But according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, citing a league source, none of the Jets linemen will be suspended.

"[Colon] faces the stiffest punishment, as he initiated contact with an official during the scrum, but even in his case a steep fine is in order," La Canfora wrote. ". . . The league will delve into Colon's history of infractions, but he does not have a reputation for such activities, and while the NFL takes a hard line on any contact with officials, it would be stunning if Colon was forced to sit for a game."

The Jets can ill-afford to lose any of their starting offensive frontmen. For their sake, hopefully Canfora's source is right.

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