SAN DIEGO Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence was fined $15,000 by the NFL on Thursday for his helmet-to-helmet hit that gave Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub a concussion.
While Florence said he'll appeal the fine, Houston general manager Rick Smith said the fine wasn't enough. Schaub won't start Sunday's game against Oakland.
"We are disappointed in the sense that we have lost our starting quarterback for at least one game after the player took the crown of his helmet and delivered an illegal blow to Matt's jaw and the fine levied is only a small fraction of the player's weekly pay," Smith said in a statement. "Is that equitable? The punishment doesn't appear to fit the crime when all factors are considered."With a base salary of $896,000, Florence makes $52,706 a week.
COLES MISSES PRACTICE: Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles missed his second straight day of practice Thursday because of a concussion, and it was uncertain if he'd be able to play in New York's game against Washington. "I'm going to let them make the decision this time," Coles said.HAND STILL SWOLLEN: Bills quarterback Trent Edwards missed his second straight practice Thursday because of a swollen right hand. It's uncertain whether he can serve as a backup Sunday when Buffalo hosts Cincinnati. Coach Dick Jauron said he'll wait until practice Friday before deciding whether to promote Gibran Hamdan to No. 2 behind J.P. Losman, who will make his first start in five weeks.
TESTAVERDE AILING: Carolina Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde missed practice for a second straight day Thursday with an Achilles' tendon injury, increasing the chances David Carr will start Sunday at Tennessee. Coach John Fox held off selecting a starter, but Carr practiced without problems for a second straight day despite a sore back.