Dolphins rookie RB Cecil Collins, who played only six games in college because of legal trouble, was arrested yesterday on charges that threaten his NFL career.

A married couple in Davie, Fla., accused Collins of climbing through a bedroom window into their apartment at about 5 a.m. He was charged with burglary and suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.

"I just made a mistake," Collins said after being released on $10,000 bond.

Collins has been sidelined since breaking a leg Nov. 14 against the Bills. He wasn't expected to play Sunday against the Chargers but hoped to rejoin practice soon.

If authorities determine Collins violated probation, he could face a minimum of several years in prison. The burglary charge is a second-degree felony carrying a possible 15-year prison sentence.

* MOULDS FINED: Bills WR Eric Moulds criticized the NFL after the league fined him $5,000 for making the forbidden "throat slash" gesture in last Sunday's game.

"I was expecting it and the fine came down," said Moulds, the second NFL player to be fined for making the gesture.

"Rarely is it that you get into the end zone in this league, so guys get excited," Moulds said. "Right now they're trying to take the fun out of the game and make it a straight business. It's the first time I made the gesture, and now it's the last."

Moulds was standing on the sideline after making a 36-yard reception on the opening play of the Bills' 19-17 loss to the Giants when he made the gesture.

* BARLOW OUT: Reggie Barlow, the Jaguars' leading kickoff and punt returner, has a tear in his right knee and will miss Sunday's game against the Browns. Barlow also is the team's third wide receiver, having caught 16 passes for 202 yards.