Jets linemen ejected after scrum

Updated: September 13, 2013, 1:33 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A low tackle by Nick Mangold set off a scrum between New York Jets and New England Patriots players that ended with fellow offensive linemen Willie Colon and D'Brickashaw Ferguson being ejected in the closing minute of the Jets' 13-10 loss Thursday.

Replays show Mangold diving after New England cornerback Aqib Talib, who'd picked off a Geno Smith pass with 38 seconds to play -- one of three interceptions of the Jets rookie. Talib was evading tacklers when Mangold appeared to go for the back of Talib's knees as he went out of bounds on the Patriots' sideline.

The NFL will review the Mangold hit that triggered the sideline fracas, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.

"I thought it was a good tackle," Mangold said.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, it seemed, didn't agree. He had a few words for Mangold on the rain-slicked sideline, but the center said he couldn't exactly make them out in the chaos.

"He got heated about it," Mangold said. "I was a little surprised by that. I figured he'd have a little bit more poise, but obviously an intense game, an intense rivalry and tempers flare."

Jets coach Rex Ryan thought Mangold's move was legal.

"Nick went down, and the guy turned his back," Ryan said. "It wasn't intentional by any means; he tried to make a cut tackle. [Talib] went out of bounds, and all heck broke loose. Apparently our team was the only one involved."

Colon was given a personal foul penalty for shoving an official, and Ferguson appeared to throw a punch during the melee.

Asked whether he pushed a referee, Colon said he wasn't sure. Unnecessarily fighting (active involvement) carries a fine of $5,250 for a first offense under league rules.

"I don't remember," Colon said. "I saw Nick in there. There were a lot of guys around him. I was trying to run for my brother; that's why I reacted the way I reacted. ... I hope I don't get suspended. I hope it's not the case."

Some Patriots players weren't so sure it was just a misunderstanding.

"It was a cheap shot," guard Logan Mankins said. "He chose the wrong sideline to do that. We were standing up for our guy."

Ferguson and Colon conceded that part of their frustration came from losing the game.

"I don't really remember the details of what happened," Ferguson said. "At the end of the day, I was ejected. Just a lot of frustration today."

If the league chooses to discipline the Jets, potentially three of the five starters on the offensive line could be fined or even suspended. The NFL usually notifies players of any discipline on the Thursday following a game.

"I'm sure there is going to be some type of rule enforcement done, but right now it's wait and see," right tackle Austin Howard said.

Colon said he knew his actions didn't help the team.

"I lost my cool," he said. "I'm not a fan of losing."

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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