- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 8, 2008

The NFL fined five players Friday for on-field actions during last weekend’s games, including Minnesota’s Jared Allen $50,000 for two below-the-knee hits on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub.

Allen also was listed as doubtful on the injury report for the upcoming game against Green Bay.

Jacksonville defensive tackle John Henderson and Cincinnati guard Andrew Whitworth were fined $10,000 each for fighting. Henderson and Whitworth exchanged punches after Henderson knocked off Whitworth’s helmet, then appeared to try to gouge Whitworth’s eyes. Both players were penalized and ejected Sunday.

Henderson also got an additional $5,000 fine for illegal hands to the face when he struck Whitworth.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was fined $10,000 for slamming Washington quarterback Jason Campbell to the ground in Monday night’s game. Campbell then banged his head on the turf.

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was fined $7,500 for his hit on Dallas quarterback Brooks Bollinger in the fourth quarter last Sunday.

The New York Times reported receiving an e-mail from Randall Liu, the information manager for the NFC, stating that Tuck was fined because “he unnecessarily drove the opposing quarterback to the ground.”

Tuck said he would appeal the penalty.

“You can’t hit [the quarterback] in the head, [and] you can’t hit him below the knees,” Tuck told the newspaper. “Obviously, you can’t hit him hard, either.”

Allen declined comment on the fine due to his desire to appeal the punishment. Texans coach Gary Kubiak called Allen’s hit a cheap shot earlier in the week. Last month, Allen was docked $5,000 by the league for a late hit against Chicago.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced despite being limited by his slightly separated right shoulder and may be able to play Sunday against Indianapolis.

Coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week it might be a game-time decision whether Roethlisberger or backup Byron Leftwich starts against the Colts (4-4), but Roethlisberger is listed as probable.

Running back Willie Parker may miss the game with a shoulder injury, the fifth game he would miss in the Steelers’ last six.

BEARS: Quarterback Kyle Orton practiced for the first time since getting injured, but an appearance in Sunday’s game at Soldier Field against unbeaten Tennessee appears unlikely.

Orton, who sprained his right ankle last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, was doubtful on the official injury report after working out during individual passing drills only.

Rex Grossman, who finished last Sunday’s game, is the likely starter against Tennessee.

GIANTS: Safety James Butler will miss Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia with a knee injury, coach Tom Coughlin said.

Kenny Phillips, the team’s first-round draft pick this year, will replace Butler and make his first NFL start.

Phillips, the 31st overall pick from Miami, has played well as a sub. He has 30 tackles and intercepted a pass to seal the Giants’ 21-14 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 26.

JETS: Linebacker David Harris was officially ruled out for the team’s game against St. Louis on Sunday.

Harris, who leads the Jets with 52 tackles, reportedly had surgery on his injured groin this week and is expected to miss at least two to three weeks.

LIONS: Starting quarterback Dan Orlovsky says he may need thumb surgery for two fractures and a torn ligament.

Orlovsky hopes to return later in the season, and coach Rod Marinelli didn’t say which of Detroit’s remaining quarterbacks will start against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Daunte Culpepper signed a two-year deal with the winless Lions on Tuesday and then practiced the next day for the first time.

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