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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Nelson says he was fined for hit on Jones

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson, accused of dirty play last Sunday by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, said Thursday he was fined by the NFL for an unnecessary-roughness penalty on Jones in the third quarter of the Jets' 49-9 loss.

Nelson wouldn't disclose the amount of the fine, but he said he will appeal it.

Jones said after the game that Nelson committed three cheap shots after the whistle and deserved to be fined for each one. Jones started jawing with Nelson in the second quarter and, at one point, Jones told him, "I'm going to find out where you live and come and get you."

On Monday, Nelson defended himself to reporters, saying he used only one cut-block on Jones. Cut blocks are legal, but Jones wasn't happy because it occurred away from the ball. On the unnecessary-roughness penalty, Nelson lowered a shoulder into Jones as they ran side-by-side toward a running play. Jones went flying, got up immediately and had to be separated by a teammate from going after Nelson. Jones started jawing with the Jets' sideline, including coach Rex Ryan.

Nelson is confident he can win his appeal because he believes his block on Jones was legal, occurred before the whistle and took place close enough to the play.