Six Tennessee defenders fined

Updated: November 14, 2003, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NFL fined six members of the Tennessee Titans' defense on Friday for an end zone celebration in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck, defensive tackle Robaire Smith, safety Tank Williams, cornerbacks Andre Dyson and Samari Rolle, and defensive end Kevin Carter were fined a total of $40,000, for their celebration in the 31-7 victory.

Any appeals will be heard on a player-by-player basis.

"We each have to handle it in our own separate ways, is the way I understand it," said Bulluck, who was fined $10,000. "The league's not going to get any of my money. If they uphold it, I'm donating mine to (charity)."

The players were fined for a celebration following Dyson's 11-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second half. The group dance lasted six seconds.

Rolle said the dance was patterned after one the players had seen on a rap video, but was not planned or choreographed.

The league prohibits on-field celebrations it deems excessive, prolonged or premeditated.

Also, the Titans were told Friday that defensive end Jevon Kearse was credited with an additional sack against the Dolphins. The change raised his season total to 9.5 and tied him for the AFC lead with Shaun Ellis of the New York Jets.

A review by the Elias Sports Bureau concluded the sack was first incorrectly credited to Carlos Hall.


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