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Sunday, October 26, 2008
NFL Network: Wilfork in trouble, Jauron extended


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The NFL Network on Sunday broke a couple of intriguing AFC East stories on its "NFL Gameday Morning" show.

Adam Schefter reported New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork could face a suspension for an elbow thrown at Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night.

Here is Schefter's scoop from an NFL Network press release:

Based on the hard-line stance the league is taking on cheap shot and Vince Wilfork's prior record of controversial hits, the New England defensive tackle is staring straight at the possibility of being suspended for next Sunday night's game at Indianapolis for a hit he delivered Monday night versus Denver.

During the first quarter of Monday night's win over the Broncos, Wilfork threw a blatant elbow at Jay Cutler after Patriots safety Rodney Harrison knocked down the Denver quarterback. As Cutler attempted to get up, Wilfork drilled the quarterback in the head with an elbow that caught the attention of the Broncos and the NFL. Ironically, the only penalty called on the play came against Broncos tackle Ryan Harris, who defended Cutler, knocked down Harrison and drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. ESPN cameras failed to capture Wilfork's hit. But the coaches' tape caught it and the league noticed it.

Disciplinary action against Wilfork could come as early as this week for a player who has another controversial hit on his resume. Last September, the NFL fined Wilfork $12,500 for landing his right elbow on Bills quarterback J.P. Losman's left knee. The elbow drew a penalty and knocked Losman out of the lineup, paving the way for Bills quarterback Trent Edwards to take over and the league to be monitoring Wilfork. This time Wilfork could be facing a fine and or a suspension.

"Cheap, Cheap, Cheap. That's all that is," NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp said. "When you are that big of a man, impose your will on the game between the lines and between the whistles."

Schefter also reported the Buffalo Bills and head coach Dick Jauron have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Also on the NFL Network's pregame show, Sapp declared the Bills are going to the Super Bowl.

Sapp, known these days for his outrageous comments, said the Bills "will win today and go to 6-1. The Buffalo Bills are going to go to the Super Bowl."