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Holmes fined $7,500 for TD celebration

Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets celebrates

Santonio Holmes of the New York Jets celebrates his second quarter touchdown reception against the New York Giants during their preseason game. (Aug. 29, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Santonio Holmes' bank account got a little lighter today.

The NFL fined the wide receiver $7,500 today for excessive celebration following his 25-yard second-quarter touchdown in the Jets' 45-19 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. After his score, Holmes ran back behind the end zone and placed the ball on the ground, putting one foot on it and flapping his arms like a bird. He was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Holmes apologized for the incident to Rex Ryan earlier in the week, saying he felt the need to do that because of "our relationship, our respect for each other, knowing the situation of what was going on."

Brian Schottenheimer and Holmes had a few words on the sideline afterward because the Jets offensive coordinator wasn't pleased the wideout drew the penalty as they were slowly climbing back into a game that was getting away from them. His touchdown cut the Jets' deficit to 28-10 with 4:42 left before halftime.

"The one thing I said to Tone was 'We had just gained momentum,' " Schottenheimer said this week. "We made a great play, good throw, great route, great catch, and all I said to him was we're trying to fight back in this thing and we need to maintain momentum. Don't give them momentum back, and he agreed."


DB Marquice Cole (knee) and RB/KR Joe McKnight (shoulder/elbow) are questionable for tomorrow's game against the Giants. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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