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Cardinals reportedly give Dockett a 6-figure fine

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Arizona defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has received a "six-figure" fine from the Cardinals for his behavior in the waning seconds in a 7-6 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the punishment had not been made public.

According to The Arizona Republic, the fine was slightly more than $100,000. The Cardinals play the Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle, and there was speculation Dockett might play less of a role than usual.

Dockett admitted he and teammate Kerry Rhodes, a safety, argued. Dockett was not happy with the team's strategy of allowing the Jets to score so the Cardinals could get the ball back. The issue became moot when the Jets purposely downed the ball at the Arizona 1 and ran out the clock.

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton, a former standout player for the Washington Huskies, told reporters Friday he was the one who suggested to Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt that the Jets be allowed to score.

Dockett, 31, indicated in a tweet Friday he was appealing the fine through the players' union.

"Thank God for the @nflpa," Dockett wrote, "that's all I got to say ... I ain't got no worries."

Dockett said earlier this week he had apologized to Rhodes. But Dockett emphatically said he had never quit in a game and never would.

"It's something that I don't believe in, something that I didn't understand," Dockett said. "It was frustrating at the time. At the end of the day, I am never, never going to lay down and quit. I've been playing football for over 20 years. I've given this organization, I've given Florida State, I've given my high school everything I've got.

"I love the game. I play with passion and I'll never quit."


• Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $21,000 by the league for a horse-collar tackle on the Seahawks' Leon Washington, his second fine in two weeks.

Urlacher, penalized for the tackle in the Bears' 23-17 overtime loss Sunday, also was fined last week for a horse-collar tackle of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

• Green Bay's Tramon Williams was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Minnesota's Toby Gerhart last Sunday.

• Former NFL receiver David Boston, 34, has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for punching a woman last year.

His attorney, Guy Fronstin, confirmed Boston was sentenced Friday. Boston pleaded guilty to aggravated battery last month. Fronstin said his client has turned his life around and been fully committed to treatment since his arrest.

Authorities say Boston had been drinking at a Boca Raton, Fla., home in November 2011 when he punched a woman twice in the head, leaving a wound requiring 10 stitches.

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