Santonio Holmes fined for celebrating

Updated: December 23, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

New York Jets captain and wide receiver Santonio Holmes was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Friday for his celebration against the Eagles last week.

After catching a 25-yard dart from Mark Sanchez in the end zone, Holmes launched into the fly boy celebration, only to start flapping his wings to mock the Eagles. When he put his foot on the ball, he got called for unsportsmanlike conduct and cost his team 15 yards.

Using the ball as a prop is forbidden during celebrations.

Holmes had apologized to Jets coach Rex Ryan for the penalty.

"Just being a vet, you can't do silly things like that," Holmes said Sunday. "(It) cost our team 15 yards on special teams, giving those guys field position the way that they've been playing. I just can't do that."

Ryan stood by his player on Monday.

"I'll say this about Santonio and every other player on this team, they got my 100 percent support and we're in this thing together," Ryan said. "Are we perfect? No, none of us are perfect. Obviously you wish that thing never happened, I don't think it'll happen again. But again, I've got his back, he's got mine and this whole team is that way."

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and linebacker Stephen Tulloch were fined $15,000 apiece by the NFL for horse collar tackles during last week's win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was penalized $10,000 for hitting Carolina quarterback Cam Newton in the head and neck area.

Also, Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta was fined $20,000 for an illegal blindside block, Bengals safety Chris Crocker was fined $15,000 for roughing the passer, Raiders defensive back Jerome Boyd was docked $20,000 for an illegal blindside block and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was fined $10,000 for an illegal hit on the quarterback.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini and Jane McManus, and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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