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The NFL has fined the New York Jets $100,000 for the Week 14 incident against the Miami Dolphins in which strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped cornerback Nolan Carroll(notes) during a punt return. Alosi was fined $25,000 by the team and suspended indefinitely soon after the incident.

The league fine wasn't just for the Alosi trip and the fact that he put other team employees in a prohibited position on the sideline; special teams coach Mike Westoff also got popped for speculating that the New England Patriots have used similar tactics in the past.

"They're cheaters," Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder(notes) said after the game. "They do what they do. They cheat. They talk junk. But we beat the hell out of them today."

(Well, not really - the Dolphins won, 10-6. But anyway...)

"I wish they'd tripped me," Crowder continued. "I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."

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The NFL agreed, calling the maneuver a competitive violation and a dangerous tactic in a statement. The league also addressed Westhoff, saying that league rules direct teams to report alleged violations directly to the league office, as opposed to running things through the press.

In case you need a memory refresher, here's the incident in question:

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Between "Hard Knocks," Rex Ryan's recently discovered foot fetish, and the Alosi incident, it's fair to say that the Jets have done as much off the field as on, and not to the team's benefit. This incident doesn't rise to the level of Spygate, but it's a real problem for a team that is trying to make a deep playoff run and assembling the discipline it takes to do so. Put simply, this fine should be taken by the Jets as a strong message to focus on football and get rid of all the silly stuff.

NOTE: Speaking of silly stuff, and in a somewhat related indicent, the NFL announced Thursday that it will reduce the $75,000 fine given to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison(notes) for an Oct. 17 hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) to a $50,000 total. Ted Cottrell of the NFL said that the fine was being reduced because Harrison has taken steps to refine his tackling technique. We, on the other hand, are going to go ahead and assume that the league realized how silly it looked for the Harrison fine in relation to recent hits doled out to the Jets and former Jets quarterback/text buddy Brett Favre(notes).

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