FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The verdict is in from the NFL, and while Jets guard Willie Colon escaped a suspension for his role in a scuffle at the end of a Week 2 loss at New England, he vowed to appeal the substantial fine he received. The formal announcement of the fine will come today, but Newsday learned from an NFL source that Colon was docked $35,000.

"It's way more than I expected, so, all I can do is appeal," Colon said.

The melee began when center Nick Mangold dove at Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib on the sideline after a New England interception. Some Pats went after Mangold, and Colon and tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson came to his defense. Ferguson was fined $15,000 earlier this week.

Colon was informed his fine was for making contact with a referee and for throwing punches. "I kind of got the double whammy, so to speak," said Colon, who explained he never saw the official because he was focused on helping his teammates.

Mangold was exonerated by Talib for the hit and has yet to hear from the NFL. "When I first heard he had missed a practice, I was concerned," Mangold said. "But I'm glad that's he's all right." As for the prospect of escaping a fine, Mangold said, "I'm cautiously optimistic."

 

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Simms a backup plan

Responding to a recent ESPN report that some in the Jets organization want backup quarterback Matt Simms to replace Geno Smith if he plays poorly, coach Rex Ryan said, "I think there's a lot of guys that like Simms. But as our starting quarterback? I don't see that."

 

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Quinton Coples, who is coming back from ankle surgery, was limited in practice. WR Santonio Holmes (foot) sat out practice as part of his weekly routine. Limited players include DL Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) and Kenrick Ellis (back) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee). OL Oday Aboushi suffered a knee injury in practice.

With Kimberley A. Martin