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Pregnant pause? Giants Jacobs to appeal fine

11/17/2006 - NFL Brandon Jacobs New York Giants + more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs
is unhappy with the NFL and plans to let the league know.

Jacobs revealed Friday that the league fined him between $5,000
and $10,000 for shoving a football underneath his jersey to
celebrate a touchdown run against the Chicago Bears on Sunday
night.

Jacobs, who said he will appeal, insisted he was not
celebrating. He said that when he puts the ball underneath his
jersey to create a bulging stomach and then rubs it, he is
acknowledging his wife, Kimberly, who is pregnant.

What confuses Jacobs is he did the same thing after scoring a
touchdown against Tampa Bay on Oct. 29. The league and the
officials did nothing then.

This time, he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and later
found a letter from the NFL waiting on a stool in front of his
locker informing him of the fine.

"I think it's unnecessary for them to do that and not give me a
warning," Jacobs said.

He has been Tiki Barber's backup this season. The second-year
back has 60 carries for 286 yards and six touchdowns, most in
goal-line situations.

The Giants (6-3), coming off a loss to the Bears, play the
Jaguars (5-4) on Monday night in Jacksonville. Jacobs said he
expects Barber, who has a sore right wrist, to play.

"My approach doesn't change," Jacobs said. "Tiki is still the
guy. He's practicing."

Receiver David Tyree, who started last week for Amani Toomer,
was added to the Giants injury report on Friday with a groin
injury.
Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons has practiced all week and
appears to be ready to return to the lineup after missing last week
with a groin injury.

Rookie receiver Santana Moss (quad) also has practiced this week
and might return for the first time since the second week of the
season.

Weakside linebacker Brandon Short (quad), cornerback Sam Madison
(hamstring) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (hip flexor) are
doubtful.