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February 19. 2013 7:57PM
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5 players fined for Raiders-Bengals fight

NEW YORK — Four Raiders and one Bengal have been fined $26,250 each for fighting in last Sunday's game.


Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth and Oakland defensive linemen Desmond Bryant, Lamarr Houston,


Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy drew the fines Friday.


Also fined for actions in other games were Texans defensive end J.J. Watt $15,750 for roughing the passer after he struck Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the head and neck area on Thanksgiving Day; Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson, $15,750 for unnecessary roughness against Denver; and Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, $7,875 for a late hit against San Diego.


Lynch, Strahan and Ogden make Hall semis

CANTON, OHIO — First-time candidates John Lynch, Michael Strahan and Jonathan Ogden are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2013 class.


Joining Lynch, Strahan and Ogden among first-year eligible players are Morten Andersen, Larry Allen and Warren Sapp.


Also among those making the cut to 27 are former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter, Charles Haley, and senior committee nominees Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.


The field will be reduced to 15 modern era finalists and the two senior nominees in early January. voting for the inductees will take place Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.


Inductions will be Aug. 3 in Canton.


Vikings list Harvin as doubtful to play Packers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been listed as doubtful to play the rival Packers on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.


Harvin did some drills on Friday but did not participate in practice again. Coach Leslie Frazier said he wasn't sure yet whether Harvin would travel with the team to Green Bay. He hasn't been at the stadium with the Vikings since Nov. 4 at Seattle, when he suffered the injury. Harvin has been told to stay home and rest the last two Sundays the Vikings have played.


The team expected Harvin to return after their Nov. 18 bye, but he hasn't improved enough to be able to cut and push off his foot at full strength.


Ryan says Tebow could be inactive vs. Cards

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan says the New York Jets are looking into Tim Tebow's availability and he could be inactive for the team's game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals because of two broken ribs that have limited the backup quarterback the last few weeks.


Ryan says Friday that the team has not made a final decision to not play him — contrary to an ESPN report.


Tebow was injured at Seattle on Nov. 11, played three offensive snaps the following week at St. Louis and was active but didn't play last Thursday against New England. Greg McElroy would be the backup to Mark Sanchez. Tebow says he didn't do much during practice all week, and throwing still bothers his ribs. Ryan was criticized last week for keeping Tebow active rather than McElroy.


-- The Associated Press




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