Source: Slauson to be fined for hit

The Giants' Hakeem Nicks, plagued by a foot injury this season, worked out on a limited basis. BILL KOSTROUN / Associated Press
The Giants' Hakeem Nicks, plagued by a foot injury this season, worked out on a limited basis. BILL KOSTROUN / Associated Press
Posted: October 13, 2012

A person familiar with the situation says New York Jets guard Matt Slauson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his season-ending block on Houston linebacker Brian Cushing.

Slauson rolled into Cushing, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 win Monday night. Cushing was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Another person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Slauson will appeal the fine. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league doesn't announce fines until Fridays.

Giants' Nicks practices

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has practiced for the first time in two weeks.

Nicks worked out on a limited basis on Thursday. After the practice, he was uncertain whether he would be able to play against the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.

The fourth-year receiver broke his right foot in minicamp in May.

Spikes: Tweet was a joke

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was joking when he tweeted that he was "homophobic."

He tweeted on Wednesday night that "I'm homophobic just like I'm arachnophobic. I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders, but I'd still scream if I found one in my bathtub !"

After receiving several negative comments on Twitter, he tweeted, "PEOPLE !!!! It's a joke ... seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out"

NFL to London in '13

The San Francisco 49ers will return to Wembley Stadium to play an NFL regular-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

The Jaguars, who have a deal to play one home game in London for four consecutive seasons beginning in 2013, will face the 49ers on Oct. 27, 2013.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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