EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets have struggled to make plays on the field. Apparently, they've resorted to trying to make them on sideline.
CBS Sports replays showed Jets head strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stick his knee out and lean toward the field to trip Miami Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll, who was running down the sideline to cover a punt with 3:11 left in the third quarter Sunday.
Carroll crumpled to the turf with a knee injury. Dolphins trainers tended to him on the field during the commercial break. He limped off the field under his own power and eventually returned to the game. The Dolphins won 10-6.
"They're cheaters," Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder said. "They do what they do. They cheat. They talk junk. But we beat the hell out of them today.
"I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."
Alosi is a 33-year-old former Hofstra linebacker who joined the Jets as a strength and conditioning intern in 2001. He worked for the Atlanta Falcons before returning to the Jets in 2006.
Alosi, in a statement released by the Jets, said he apologized to Carroll and Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano before they departed the stadium. Alosi also expressed his sorrow to Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan.
"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment," Alosi said in the statement. "My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for.
"I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows."
Before he met with Alosi, Sparano told reporters he would forward video evidence of the shameful incident to the NFL for a review.
"There was a player down on the sideline, and that's not good," Sparano said. "We're trying to take care of players in this game."
Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford said of the trip: "That was bad. Unfortunately, he had to do that, and he really could have hurt Nolan. He could have ended his career with that. I think maybe somebody needs to do something about that as far as the league goes. I think he should get fined. We get fined for illegal stuff. Why can't the coaches?"
Upon seeing a photo of Alosi's trip, Dolphins inside linebacker Karlos Dansby railed for a suspension or even a permanent dismissal.
"That is dirty," Dansby said. "That is so dirty, man. Come on, man. That needs to be on Monday night [on ESPN segment] 'Come on, man.' Check this picture out. Freeze-frame it. Come on, man. No. 1, by far. That's dirty, low down. That's sad.
"Four games? The rest of the season? Suspend him, man. Get him up out of there. He's got to go, bringing down a whole organization like that. That's sad. You don't do a man like that."
Alosi also better be careful the next time he travels to Florida. Carroll's mother is the lieutenant governor-elect.
Carroll is a rookie cornerback, drafted in the fifth round out of Maryland. He had an interception in the first quarter to set up a field goal to give the Dolphins a 3-0 lead.