- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams was fined $12,500 for kicking two New York Giants on Sunday, making it two straight games he has been docked pay.

Adams was punished not only for the second-quarter play that left Justin Tuck with a shoulder injury but also for doing it to Osi Umenyiora in the fourth quarter.

Adams was flagged for kicking Tuck but not for the swipe at Umenyiora. After the game, Tuck called it a “bush-league play,” and Adams shot back Monday, saying he didn’t know Tuck was hurt, adding: “From a supposed kick? Tell him to stay up. It ain’t my fault.”

On Wednesday, Tuck got his turn to respond.

“Normally, people go to the Pro Bowl for blocking people, not tripping people. So maybe he should keep his feet on the ground,” Tuck said. “We’re not going to get into a war of words here. We are going to let it be what it is, and I’ll see Flozell when we play them again.”

The rematch is Dec. 6 at Giants Stadium.

Adams was fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty against Tampa Bay in the opener; Adams said he wants to appeal.

Also, running back Marion Barber walked out to the practice field in full gear and flashed a thumbs up.

His tight left thigh was feeling fine Wednesday - or at least good enough to give it a test run.

Barber strained his leg during a 35-yard run late in the fourth quarter of Dallas’ loss to the Giants.

VIKINGS: Running back Adrian Peterson was limited in practice with a back injury.

The NFL’s leading rusher was listed on the team’s injury report, three days after rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. The team hosts San Francisco on Sunday.

Vikings middle linebacker E.J. Henderson did not practice at all because of a shoulder injury. He had eight tackles in the 27-13 win over Detroit on Sunday and is the team’s leading tackler this season.

BROWNS: Running back Jamal Lewis was not on the field for the beginning of practice, leaving his status for Sunday’s game at Baltimore in question.

Lewis, who has rushed for 95 yards this season, was in the locker room but then wasn’t with his teammates as they stretched and went through drills during the 30 minutes of practice open to the media. The Browns had no immediate word on Lewis.

Lewis was listed as probable with a neck injury last week.

BILLS: Buffalo’s already banged-up offense has a few more limping players, including starting center Geoff Hangartner, who missed practice because of a back injury.

Without going into detail, coach Dick Jauron said Hangartner was held out because of a stiff back.

That’s potentially bad news for a team that already has shuffled its lineup this week after losing starting right tackle Brad Butler and starting tight end Derek Schouman to season-ending knee injuries.

SEAHAWKS: Matt Hasselbeck watched practice while wearing a green baseball cap, yet Seattle is not ruling its quarterback out of Sunday’s game against Chicago.

Coach Jim Mora said Hasselbeck may not practice Thursday, either, because of a broken rib. Seneca Wallace is taking the first-team snaps.

Mora says even if Hasselbeck doesn’t practice all week, the three-time Pro Bowl player will play if he and team doctors say he can.

CHARGERS: Center Nick Hardwick had surgery on his left ankle, and the team said he’s expected to miss eight weeks.

The sixth-year veteran was hurt in the season opener at Oakland on Sept. 14, suffering what the team said was a sprained ankle.

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