Chicago Bears offensive linemen Olin Kreutz and Fred Miller were fined $50,000 each yesterday for a fight that violated the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The players were involved in the fight last month at an FBI shooting range in the Chicago area, prompting an internal investigation by the bureau.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined Kreutz and Miller because the league's special conduct policy addresses off-field matters. It specifically prohibits conduct that endangers NFL employees and casts a negative light on the league and its players.
Kreutz broke Miller's jaw during the altercation. Miller, who needed surgery, initially claimed he was hurt in a fall at home. Bears Coach Lovie Smith was unaware of the fight until days after it occurred.
Kreutz said he would appeal. Miller declined to comment. Neither player was suspended.
The broken jaw knocked Miller out of the 49ers' game on Nov. 13 and ended a run of 110 straight starts dating from 1998.
Kreutz has not missed any games because of the incident.
* CHARGERS: LaDainian Tomlinson practiced for the first time this week as San Diego continued preparations for tomorrow's home game against the Dolphins.
Tomlinson, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher, bruised his chest in last Sunday's victory over the Raiders.
Meanwhile, linebacker Shawne Merriman (Maryland) missed practice because of swelling after having pins removed from his fractured left wrist. Merriman leads all NFL rookies with seven sacks.
* JAGUARS: Running back Fred Taylor will play against the Colts tomorrow after missing three of the past four games because of an ankle injury. Jacksonville Coach Jack Del Rio said Taylor would be activated for the first time since Nov. 20.
* SEAHAWKS: Seattle placed linebacker Jamie Sharper on injured reserve, ending his season.
Sharper, a nine-year veteran who signed as a free agent in April, started the first eight games this season before being sidelined by a staph infection in his right knee. The team replaced him on the roster by activating cornerback Mike Harden from the practice squad.
* BILLS: Running back Willis McGahee did not practice yesterday because of an illness, but was not added to the injury report, and Coach Mike Mularkey said he believes McGahee will be fine when Buffalo hosts the Patriots tomorrow. McGahee has rushed for 1,029 yards this year.
* JETS: Curtis Martin was downgraded to questionable with a sore right knee and will be a game-time decision against the Raiders.
The running back has played nearly all season with the injury, and missed practice this week with soreness. Martin, 32, last missed a game in 1998. He needs 265 yards to become the first player to start a career with 11 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
* FALCONS: Atlanta placed wide receiver Dez White on injured reserve because of a sprained knee, a move expected to end his stay with the team.
White, a former Georgia Tech standout and third-round pick of the Bears in 2000, has just two catches for 25 yards and one touchdown.