Favre Calls Fines for Mangini, Jets' Tannenbaum 'Unfair'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre called the NFL's fines of the New York Jets, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini last week "very unfair," according to the Associated Press.

"I just think it's wrong," Favre said, according to the AP. "They did everything that I felt they were supposed to."

The NFL fined the Jets $75,000 and fined Tannenbaum and Mangini $25,000 apiece for failing to list Favre's shoulder injury on their official injury reports late last season. Favre didn't miss any games but acknowledged recently that he and the Jets knew with four or five games remaining in the season that he was suffering from a partially torn biceps tendon.

"I felt like maybe there were some throws where I could've played better because of this injury," Favre said Wednesday, according to the AP. "I just wanted to let them know that. I never asked them to put me on the injury report. I can't tell you how many times I probably should've been on the injury report. I practiced. I played. I knew I was going to play.

"I wanted them to know that I wasn't too proud to play just to play."

-- GIANTS: The New York Giants are not certain if defensive end Justin Tuck will play this weekend after he hurt his shoulder in Sunday night's triumph at Dallas.

Tuck indicated he suffered a similar injury in college.

"The doctor sounded encouraged because normally when you re-injure something your body knows pretty much how to respond to it, so hopefully the comeback will be quicker than if it was the first incident," Tuck said, according to the AP. "So that whole process is encouraging and hopefully it bodes well for me."

Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams was fined $12,500 by the league for tripping Tuck on the play on which Tuck was hurt.

"It makes me hate the Cowboys a little bit more," Tuck said. "You can write that I did say hate. I stand by what I said right after the game, that it was a bush league play. You move on. That's my plan, to move on."

-- SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck didn't participate in practice and might not practice Thursday either because of the fractured rib he suffered during last weekend's loss at San Francisco, the AP reported. But Seattle has not ruled out Hasselbeck playing this weekend. Backup Seneca Wallace worked with the starters during Wednesday's practice.

-- PATRIOTS: Quarterback Tom Brady declined to comment Wednesday on the lawsuit filed against him and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, alleging that a bodyguard for the couple fired gunshots at two photographers' vehicle at a party in April in Costa Rica. "I have no reaction to that one," Brady said during a locker room interview with reporters, according to a transcript provided by the Patriots.

The lawsuit was filed by the photographers and a news agency and seeks at least $1 million in damages, according to reports.

-- BUCS: Tampa Bay signed safety Corey Lynch from the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad.

The Bucs also signed cornerback Marcus Hamilton (Centreville).

-- Mark Maske

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