Falcons slap Hall with $100,000 fine

Posted: September 27, 2007

Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino had planned to punish DeAngelo Hall quietly. But the Pro Bowl cornerback told reporters yesterday he has been fined $100,000 by the team and might have to sit out one or two quarters of Sunday's game against Houston the next game for his meltdown last weekend against Carolina.

Hall said he plans to appeal through the NFL Players Association.

The Falcons (0-3) acted quickly after their defensive star was called for three penalties totaling 67 yards on one possession, including two personal fouls, then got into a heated sideline confrontation with Petrino and one of his assistants.

Petrino decided on the penalties after consulting some of the team's leaders.

"I don't think this is the first time it's happened in the National Football League, and it definitely won't be the last time," Hall said. "I think it's a little bit unfair. But he made his decision, and we need to move on from here. I'll try to rectify it and move on."

The penalties led to a Carolina touchdown that tied the game at 17 in the third quarter. The Panthers went on to a 27-20 victory.

Petrino would only confirm a decision was reached on disciplining Hall, but wouldn't discuss the details.

"It is something that we are keeping in house," the first-year coach said.

Noteworthy

* Chicago coach Lovie Smith confirmed that Brian Griese is in as the Bears' starting quarterback, and Rex Grossman is out. The Bears play Sunday at Detroit.

"The frustrating part is I know this offense is close to getting in a rhythm and clicking, and I just wish I could have been the one pulling the trigger," said Grossman, 27, who has a 45.2 passer rating, six interceptions and one touchdown.

Also, the Bears cut former Eagles punter Dirk Johnson and signed cornerback Ade Jimoh.

* Josh McCown missed practice with a broken big left toe, meaning Daunte Culpepper will probably get the chance to start at quarterback for Oakland on Sunday against Miami, the team that released him in July.

* Dallas coach Wade Phillips said linebacker Greg Ellis (torn Achilles' tendon, bursitis) stands an "outside shot" at making his season debut Sunday against St. Louis.

* Indianapolis linebacker Rob Morris was limited in practice but expects to return to action Sunday against Denver. Morris missed the last two games with an abdominal strain. Also, Colts rookie receiver Roy Hall has a separated left shoulder and is likely to miss several weeks. Hall was injured in a violent collision with Houston defensive tackle Cedric Killings, who sustained a fractured vertebra.

* Miami linebacker Zach Thomas was back on the practice field on a "limited" basis. It's unknown if he'll play this weekend against Oakland. Thomas missed last week's game at the Jets because of a concussion he suffered in Week 2.

* Tarvaris Jackson's groin injury limited him in practice, leaving Kelly Holcomb as the expected starter at quarterback for Minnesota again this week against Green Bay.

* Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow missed practice because of a partially dislocated left shoulder.

* Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme's strained right elbow forced him to miss practice.

* Buffalo placed backup offensive lineman Jason Whittle (hamstring) on injured reserve and filled his roster spot by signing linebacker Kevin Harrison.

* NFL teams had a record 165 minority assistants in 2006 - a 4 percent increase from 2005, according to a study by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. *

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