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Mangini fined $25,000

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 16, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini was fined $25,000 for violating the league's injury reporting policy last season while coach of the New York Jets, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The league handed out $125,000 in fines for not disclosing quarterback Brett Favre's torn biceps tendon on the injury report, even though Favre did not miss a game in the final four or five weeks while he was hurt. Favre disclosed in interviews last week that Jets executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum, offensive coordinator Brian Schotteheimer and quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll (now the Browns' offensive coordinator) were aware of the extent of his injury. That list also included Mangini, Mangini said last week.

Favre, now with the Minnesota Vikings, said in a conference call with Cleveland media that he needed two cortisone shots and had to limit his practice time because of the pain.

The Jets were fined $75,000 and Tannenbaum $25,000 by league executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson.

Mangini declined to comment on the league's pending decision Wednesday morning before the fine was announced.

''It's a league matter, that's really where it is, there's nothing I can add,'' Mangini said.

Mangini was not immediately available for comment after the fines were announced.


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