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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Bills' Reese fined $25,000 for knocking over official

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Izell Reese was fined $25,000 by the NFL for knocking over an official in a game against the New York Jets on Oct. 12.

Reese plans to appeal the fine, saying Thursday he was trying move the official out of the way to make a play.

"I was coming up for run support and putting my hands on his lower back, trying to guide him out of the way, because he never moved," Reese said. "It was a play I really couldn't avoid. ... I barely touched him and he fell over."

He wasn't penalized on the play.

The NFL said Reese made "impermissible physical contact with a game official."