Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss was fined $40,000 by the NFL for squirting a water bottle at an official in the Vikings' playoff loss to the Rams. The Minnesota star, who was fined $10,000 this season for verbally abusing an official, is appealing.
"Our position is that the fine is excessive," agent Dante DiTrapano said, adding that the first fine was also under appeal.
Moss squirted the plastic bottle at field judge Jim Saracino during the game last Sunday, which the Rams won, 49-37.
The NFL said Moss, standing near the Vikings' bench during the fourth quarter, squirted Saracino after an incomplete pass and his unsuccessful plea for an interference penalty. Vikings spokesman Bob Hagan said the bottle probably contained water.
Moss acknowledged his actions after the game but has said little since.
* REPLACEMENT PLAYER: Seahawks LT Walter Jones was named to replace Tony Boselli of the Jaguars on the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl.
Boselli tore a ligament in his right knee in Jacksonville's regular season finale against Cincinnati. Jones, a first-round draft pick in 1997, becomes the first offensive lineman in the 24-year history of the Seahawks to be selected to a Pro Bowl. . . . The Seahawks named Gil Haskell as their new offensive coordinator. Haskell, 56, replaces Mike Sherman, who was named coach of the Packers on Tuesday. Haskell had spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Panthers. Under Haskell, the Carolina offense finished sixth in the NFL in total offense.
* FEELING GOOD: Rams K Jeff Wilkins (tendinitis in left knee) pronounced himself fine for Sunday's NFC championship game against Tampa Bay. Rams FS Keith Lyle (bruised nerve in shoulder) was upgraded from questionable to probable.