Jets, Patriots Combine for $88,500 in Fines
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets and New England Patriots were fined a combined $88,500 by the NFL from their game last week that included a late sideline skirmish.
The fourth-quarter melee was set off by New York center Nick Mangold's low hit on New England's Aqib Talib after an interception that sealed the Patriots' 13-10 victory.
Jets right guard Willie Colon led the way with $34,125 in fines -- $26,250 for contact with an official, and $7,875 for punching an opponent. Colon said Thursday he planned to appeal the fine, saying it "was way more than I expected."
Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson was fined $15,000 for punching a Patriots player, while New England's Michael Buchanan, Alfonzo Dennard and Vince Wilfork were docked $7,875 each for throwing punches. Mangold was not fined, and Talib said earlier this week that he didn't think the hit was dirty.
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was also fined $15,750 for hitting Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the head and neck area.
SMITH: San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was released from jail Friday after his pickup truck apparently struck a tree and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, authorities said.
Smith later took to the practice field with his teammates Friday afternoon at team headquarters in Santa Clara. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.