GREEN BAY, Wis. What's wrong with defensive players offering financial incentives to teammates for achieving specific defensive goals?
That was the question of the day in Green Bay on Tuesday, where Packers defensive backs Charles Woodson and Al Harris were backpedaling as if it was gameday after their apparent willingness to pay teammates for their play attracted scrutiny from NFL officials.
"I don't see anything wrong with it, but obviously the league has a policy and they're enforcing it," Woodson said. "That's all I can say about it."Woodson said he honestly didn't know such payments were against the rules, because he'd heard that other teams did it. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday that league officials are investigating whether Packers players offered such payments to teammates. ESPN reported that Packers players offered to pay the team's defensive linemen $500 each if they were able to hold Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson under 100 yards rushing two weeks ago. They offered another $500 for holding Carolina to under 60 yards rushing as a team on Sunday.
CRACKDOWN AT JETS GAMES: Giants Stadium will bolster security in an effort to crack down on rowdy Jets fans who chant obscenely at women during halftime.George Zoffinger, president of the agency that runs the stadium, said Tuesday he would increase the 370-member stadium security force for all remaining Jets and Giants home games. Earlier, a top New Jersey lawmaker demanded a crackdown after The New York Times reported that Jets fans gather on a pedestrian ramp at halftime urging women to expose their breasts.
HARRINGTON BACK AT QB: As Michael Vick spent his first full day in jail Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons selected Joey Harrington to be their starting quarterback for the third time since Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges.
YOUNG'S QUAD SHOULD BE OK: The injury that kept Titans quarterback Vince Young out of a game in October might limit him this week, but shouldn't be a problem Sunday at Cincinnati, coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday.
KIWANUKA ON IR: New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he broke his left leg against Detroit.To fill Kiwanuka's roster spot, the Giants signed running back Patrick Pass.
RAVENS LOSE DE PRYCE: Baltimore Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce has a severe pectoral tear and will probably be out for the remainder of the season.
"It's very likely that Trevor may be done for the year," coach Brian Billick said during his weekly radio show Tuesday night. "We're going to miss Trevor."