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Coach encourages Stroud to appeal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL fined defensive lineman Marcus
Stroud of the Jacksonville Jaguars $5,000 for a hit on Tennessee
quarterback Steve McNair two weeks ago.

A statement released by the NFL said Stroud "took two steps and
unnecessarily struck" McNair on a play in the third quarter. It
was the second of two roughing-the-quarterback calls against Stroud
in the Titans' 30-17 victory on Oct. 26.

After the game, Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said he felt
McNair got "star treatment." On Monday, he backed off that
comment slightly, but nonetheless encouraged Stroud to appeal the
fine.

"It's how all the quarterbacks are being protected," Del Rio
said. "The league has made it very clear we're going to protect
the quarterback, and certainly a guy who is an MVP candidate."

The Jaguars, coming off a 28-23 victory over Indianapolis, have
a rematch with the Titans on Sunday.