Ten players fined for MNF scuffle

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine players were fined for their roles in a fight before Monday night’s game between the Eagles and Falcons, with Atlanta defensive tackle Chad Lavalais drawing the biggest fine — $7,500 — for a hit on Donovan McNabb during the game.

Lavalais was fined for using his helmet on McNabb, who hurt his chest on the play. McNabb is questionable for Philadelphia’s game Sunday against San Francisco because of the injury.

For the pregame fight, which resulted in Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis and Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter being ejected before kickoff, both players got $5,000 fines. Also receiving a $5,000 hit was cornerback DeAngelo Hall for unsportsmanlike conduct for grabbing an opponent’s facemask and then throwing the opponent’s helmet.

Trotter said the NFL should discipline the referees who tossed him out of the game.

Three Falcons were fined $2,500 for entering a fight area, which made them active participants: safety Keion Carpenter, cornerback-kick returner Allen Rossum and safety Kevin McCadam.

Along with Trotter, the three Eagles fined for entering a fight area were linebackers Keith Adams, Jason Short and Mike Labinjo.

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