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Rogers hit with big fine

Browns lineman avoids suspension

Associated Press / September 1, 2010

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Shaun Rogers wasn’t sure if he caught a break.

The NFL decided yesterday to only fine the Browns nose tackle and not suspend him for carrying a loaded gun into an airport.

“How’s it better?’’ Rogers said with a laugh. “Well, I’m still losing money. I don’t play for free.’’

The league said Rogers will be fined a one-game check — roughly $400,000 or 1/17th his $6.9 million salary this season — for violating its personal conduct policy. The former Pro Bowler, who has not practiced this summer because of a leg injury that ended his season after 11 games in 2009, is appealing.

Police said Rogers carried a semiautomatic handgun in a carry-on bag into Hopkins International Airport in April. He reached a deal with prosecutors last month and was ordered to enter diversion program to avoid trial on the weapons charge.

Under the terms, the felony gun charge will be dismissed if the Rogers completes the program, which included a gun course and community service.

Rogers’s teammate, defensive lineman Robaire Smith, was also caught with a gun at airport security last year in Michigan. He has not heard from the league about a penalty.

On the shelf
Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi and veteran receiver Sinorice Moss were placed on injured reserve by the Giants. Sorgi (torn right shoulder muscle) and Moss (hernia) will miss the season . . . The Panthers placed Wallace Wright on IR with a shoulder injury that requires surgery, a blow for Carolina’s shaky receiver unit and special teams . . . Also heading to IR is Redskins receiver Malcolm Kelly (left hamstring); Dolphins offensive lineman Nate Garner (left foot); Vikings receiver Sidney Rice (hip surgery) was placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list, meaning he is ineligible to play in the first six games of the regular season . . . Ravens rookie defensive lineman Terrence Cody had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left his left knee and will be sidelined for two weeks.

O’Connell jettisoned
Kevin O’Connell is out, and Kellen Clemens is safe. The Jets waived O’Connell, clearing the way for Clemens to make the team as the No. 3 quarterback. Clemens signed a new deal yesterday, restructuring his $1.1 million tender and taking a pay cut while securing his spot on the roster. Coach Rex Ryan said the Jets decided to let go of O’Connell, now rather than after the preseason finale at Philadelphia tomorrow night because they’re already starting to prepare for the regular-season opener against Baltimore. “So, the more things we put in, we don’t need that information going out,’’ Ryan said. O’Connell was a third-round draft pick by New England out of San Diego State in 2008 . . . Derrick Ward’s unproductive stint with the Buccaneers is over after the seventh-year veteran was released. Ward signed a four-year, $17 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in 2009 after five seasons with the Giants. He was a 1,000-yard rusher two years ago with the Giants . . . Linebacker Leroy Hill is taking a major pay cut to play for the Seahawks this season. Hill, who is facing a one-game suspension for marijuana possession and domestic violence issues, will have a base salary of $2.125 million for this season according to the NFL Players Association website. Hill was previously scheduled to make $6 million in 2010.

Good to go
Bills running back Marshawn Lynch is set play in the team’s preseason finale against the Lions tomorrow after missing nearly three weeks with a sore ankle. Coach Chan Gailey said Lynch looked good in practice yesterday. Lynch missed the past two preseason games since being hurt in a loss to Washington . . . Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno practiced for the first time since hurting his right hamstring on the first day of training camp Aug. 1 . . . Although Tony Romo has led the Cowboys to only one touchdown in four games, coach Wade Phillips said his starting quarterback will not try working out the kinks in the final preseason game tomorrow night . . . Quarterback Michael Vick will start Philadelphia’s final preseason game tomorrow night because the Eagles are resting their starters . . . Derek Anderson will start at quarterback again for the Cardinals against the Redskins tomorrow. Coach Ken Whisenhunt will use the same playing order as he did in last Saturday’s win at Chicago. That means Matt Leinart will come in to replace Anderson at some point. Whisenhunt’s decision comes after he met with Leinart Monday after the former Heisman Trophy winner told reporters he had outplayed Anderson in training camp and preseason, and that his problem with his coach “probably goes beyond football.’’ . . . The Seahawks traded starting cornerback Josh Wilson to the Ravens for a conditional 2011 draft pick . . . Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress lost his bid for work release from his two-year prison sentence in a gun case. The New York state Department of Correctional Services said it denied the request because of the severity of the crime . . . Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will miss the regular season opener after being suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The third-year pro also was fined one additional game check stemming from Talib punching a cab driver in August 2009 . . . Washington Post columnist Mike Wise was suspended for a month after purposely posting erroneous information on his Twitter account. Wise posted that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension had been cut from six to five games — a test he said — to see how fast misinformation could spread online. “I made a horrendous mistake,’’ he told his Washington-area radio audience.

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