NFL considering fines for Wilkerson, Coples

September, 30, 2013
The NFL is reviewing the play in which Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was injured, to see if New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson and LB Quinton Coples should be fined, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Locker was injured with 11:19 left in the third quarter of a 38-13 win against the Jets on Sunday. Locker had just thrown an incomplete pass to Nate Washington when he was hit by Wilkerson, and Coples followed up by hitting Locker as he fell. Locker ended up on his back clutching his right hip.

Neither Coples nor Wilkerson received a penalty on the play, but Schefter reports the NFL believes Wilkerson led with his helmet to Locker’s chest, and Coples hit Locker after the ball was gone.

Locker was immediately taken to a local hospital with a hip injury and spent the night there.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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