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Jets appealing NFL fine for Sal Alosi incident

Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff could be

Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff could be in trouble with the league after publicly complaining that the Patriots use a "wall" along their sidelines on kick returns. Photo Credit: John Dunn, 2009

The Jets have appealed the $100,000 fine they received from the league for violating league rules when strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi organized a sideline wall of non-uniform players when he tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll when he ran out of bounds covering a punt. The appeal came to light when special team coach Mike Westhoff was asked to comment on the fine and said the matter is "unresolved."

When the fine was handed down recently, the league said it was in response to Alosi's actions and to comments by Westhoff, who suggested other teams employ similar tactics. This was the first opportunity for reporters to ask Westhoff for his reaction.

"I really don't feel comfortable talking about it," Westhoff said. "It's still an unresolved issue. I think we'll let Mr. Johnson [Jets owner Woody] and our people like that handle it. I guess we have an appeal. It's just a process that's ungoing."

The appeal was confirmed by Jets vice-president for communications Bruce Speight. "It's a typical course of action when you receive a fine," Speight said. "Any conversation along those lines will remain between the team and the NFL."

The team initially fined Alosi $25,000 for his role and suspended him for the rest of the season. After acknowledging he ordered players to form the wall, Alosi's suspension became "indefinite."

Westhoff didn't bother to hide his distaste for the subject when it came up in his news briefing before Saturday's first-round playoff game at Indianapolis. "The whole thing is very frustrating for me," Westhoff said. "Trust me, I'm not in the middle of it. I don't want anything to do with it. I've had enough to do with it already. It's ridiculous. The thing makes me sick."
 

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