NFL | Patriots DT Vince Wilfork won't be suspended
New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell about...
NEW YORK — New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell about a hit on Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, The Associated Press and The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
The Patriots nose tackle met Tuesday with Goodell, and the commissioner decided to forgo a possible suspension.
The NFL declined to comment, noting that fines and suspensions normally are announced on Fridays.
Wilfork was summoned before Goodell after the Broncos claimed tape of New England's 41-7 win Oct. 20 showed Wilfork elbowing Cutler in the helmet.
However, the tapes that were reviewed during the hearing did not show that clearly, upholding New England's contention there was no intent to injure. They also showed Wilfork helping up Cutler and patting him on the back after the play.
Wilfork was fined a total of $35,000 last season for four different episodes. He said his meeting with Goodell was productive.
"I think both sides were happy," Wilfork said. "He got a chance to hear my side of my story of how I approach the game. I got a chance to hear what he had to say about the whole situation of my past history."
Wilfork said he hopes that his reputation can be salvaged.
"Right now," Wilfork said, "I got a pretty bad one out there."
• Carolina kicker John Kasay, 39, who is riding a streak of 21 consecutive made field goals, signed a four-year extension that keeps him entrenched with the Panthers through the 2012 season. Kasay, a former Seahawks draft pick, negotiated the contract and did not release financial figures.
• Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, whose routine offseason knee surgery was complicated when he contracted a staph infection, could be done for the season.
• Injured Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders, running back Joseph Addai and cornerback Kelvin Hayden all practiced and could be healthy enough to play Sunday against archrival New England.
• The Jaguars expect leading receiver Matt Jones to be in the starting lineup as the NFL considers his appeal of a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
• The Jets could be without their leading tackler, linebacker David Harris (groin), when they take on the Bills on Sunday.
• Baltimore placed wide receiver Demetrius Williams (Achilles tendon) on injured reserve and signed Terrance Copper.
• Former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin filed a grievance with the NFL to claim the lost salary he maintains he is still owed by the team. Kiffin is owed about $2.6 million, but owner Al Davis has refused to pay, saying Kiffin was fired last month for insubordination.
Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company
UPDATE - 07:23 AM
NFL, union resume labor talks at mediator's office
Sam and Sara Lucchese create handmade pasta out of their kitchen-garage adjacent to their Ballard home. Here, they illustrate the final steps in making pappardelle pasta.