- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

The NFL assessed $125,000 in fines to the New York Jets and former coach Eric Mangini on Wednesday for violating the league’s rules on injury reporting with former quarterback Brett Favre last season.

The Jets failed to place Favre, now with Minnesota, on the injury report during the final month of last season 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 Cleveland Browns.

“We have been fully cooperative with the league throughout this investigation and respect their decision,” the Jets said. Mangini was not immediately available for comment on his fine.

Hiding injuries could affect an opponent’s preparation, and the NFL has stepped up policing such practices. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the case would be an opportunity for the league to stress that all teams must abide by the rules.

Last week, Tannenbaum admitted the Jets should have listed Favre as “probable” on their injury reports.

EAGLES: Quarterback Donovan McNabb did not practice because of his cracked rib, and it is still not known whether he will play against New Orleans.

“He’s making some progress,” coach Andy Reid said. “It’s too early to say anything right now. We’ll just see how he does here over the next couple of days.”

Kevin Kolb took snaps with the starters. Reid again made it clear Kolb will start against the Saints if McNabb can’t play, with newly acquired Jeff Garcia as the backup.

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.

Coach Dick Jauron said Posluszny’s surgery went well and that the team is hoping he’ll return “somewhere before the halfway point of the season.” Posluszny was hurt in the first half of the Bills’ season-opening 25-24 loss at New England on Monday.

SEAHAWKS: Linebacker Leroy Hill is out until at least November.

Coach Jim Mora said further tests on Hill’s groin showed more extensive damage than first believed, including a partially torn muscle. Hill may need surgery.

Mora says Hill will be out at least until Seattle plays at Dallas on Nov. 1 following the team’s open date.

COWBOYS: The new Cowboys Stadium may have a record-setting full house this Sunday night.

Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels said the team’s standing-room “Party Pass” tickets, at $29 each, have sold out. The Cowboys only will say that the standing-room total exceeds 20,000.

Combined with regular ticket sales in the 80,000-seat stadium, Dallas could challenge the NFL attendance record of 103,467 when they play the New York Giants.

The record was set Oct. 2, 2005, when San Francisco and Arizona played at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

TV: The Sunday afternoon doubleheader game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants was the most-watched opening game on record.

According to Niselsen Media Research, the Fox broadcast drew 25.1 million viewers. Nielsen records date back to 1987.

New York’s 23-17 victory outdrew two prime-time NBC games: the season opener Thursday between Tennessee and Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh (21.1 million viewers), and the Sunday night game between Green Bay and Chicago (20.9 million).

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