Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber was fined $30,000 by the NFL yesterday for punching an official during last Sunday's game with the New York Jets.

Barber inadvertently hit umpire Butch Hannah in the eye during a scuffle with the Jets' Kevin Mawae in the second quarter of the game. Normally one of the NFL's solid citizens, the Pro Bowl cornerback said after the game, "It was two guys with their triple testosterone running high, acting like idiots."

The league said the fine was levied for "impermissible physical contact with a game official."

* BROWNS: Kellen Winslow Jr. is close to finalizing a one-year contract extension that will give the tight end a chance to recoup some of the money forfeited when he was injured in a motorcycle accident.

Winslow, out for the season following knee surgery, breached his original six-year, $40 million rookie contract by violating a "dangerous activities" clause when he crashed his high-powered motorcycle May 1 while practicing stunts in a parking lot.

* EAGLES: Wide receiver Darnerien McCants returned to the team after he was cut twice by Philadelphia in two weeks. McCants, originally signed by the Eagles on Sept. 3 after he was released by Washington, has one catch for 22 yards in the three games.

* PANTHERS: Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were among four injured running backs to miss practice. Davis and Foster have knee injuries and are questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit. Davis had surgery on his right knee last year and has been on the injury report every week.

Rod Smart (groin) and Brad Hoover (shoulder) also missed practice. Smart, also Carolina's kick returner, is listed as doubtful; Hoover is questionable.

* FALCONS: Linebacker Ed Hartwell and cornerback Chris Cash were placed on the injured reserve list. Hartwell, a starter and key free agent offseason pickup, and backup Cash suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday's loss to New England. . . .

Michael Vick said he expects to play Sunday against New Orleans after his sprained right knee held up in practice.

* COWBOYS: Running back Julius Jones and linebacker Dat Nguyen did not go through team drills and the team isn't sure whether either will play Sunday against the Giants.

* GIANTS: Jeremy Shockey, the flamboyant and sometimes spectacular tight end, signed a five-year, $31.2 million contract extension.