NFL notebook: Raiders coach's gesture could draw fine from NFL
Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver could be facing a fine from the NFL for an obscene gesture directed at the officials.
Tarver was caught on television using the one-finger gesture toward the officials after a flag was thrown on cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in Sunday's 21-18 win.
“I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday's game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”
The flag was eventually picked up but that may not spare Tarver from punishment.
The NFL said Monday a decision on any fine would be announced Friday.
Tennessee defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was fined $40,000 for a similar gesture in 2010.
Cardinals GM: Fitzgerald stays put
With the trade deadline looming, it was inevitable that rumors of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald leaving the Arizona Cardinals would start to surface.
General manager Steve Keim dismissed the rumors on Sunday night and again Monday morning.
“Did you hear them chanting, “Larry! Larry! Larry!” Keim asked. “Yeah, like I'm going to trade him. The fans would kill me. They'd be waiting for me in the trees of my neighborhood.”
Jets WR disputes ‘Pacman' claim
New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson denies the claim he's a “dirty” player made by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, saying that's “inaccurate and untrue.”
Nelson and Jones had a few tense moments during the Bengals' 49-9 victory Sunday, including a hit by the Jets receiver late in the third quarter that angered the cornerback. Nelson was penalized for clipping, and an angry Jones had to be restrained as he ran toward him.
Jones told the Bengals' website that Nelson was “playing dirty,” and said there were three “cheap shots” in the game. The Daily News also reported that Jones told Nelson he would find out where he lives “and come and get you.”
Nelson wouldn't detail his conversations with Jones, but confirmed that published reports were accurate.
Titans owner Adams remembered
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was remembered as a competitive visionary who helped cultivate the National Football League as a founding member of the old American Football League.
About 1,000 friends, relatives and associates of Adams attended a memorial service Monday in his adopted hometown of Houston.
The Oklahoma-born Adams died last week at age 90.
He's best remembered for bringing pro football to Houston when he and partner Lamar Hunt announced in 1959 the formation of the upstart AFL.