Saturday, November 1, 2003

Criticism of officials costs Billick $15,000

NFL notebook

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Baltimore coach Brian Billick was fined $15,000 by the NFL for his criticism of officiating in the Ravens' game in Cincinnati on Oct. 19.

The fine came a day after Billick criticized instant replay following his team's 26-6 win over Denver. He was not fined for that but for comments made following a 34-26 loss in Cincinnati a week earlier.

After that game, Billick criticized the officiating and said he was still in favor of instant replay. Last week, following two replay calls that went against him in the Denver game, he said he would oppose instant replays at the league meetings in March.

TEXANS: Quarterback David Carr probably will miss Sunday's game against the Panthers with an injured right ankle.

Veteran Tony Banks will start Sunday in place of Carr, who was hurt last weekend at Indianapolis.

Also, defensive end Gary Walker (injured toe) was ruled out of Sunday's game, and right outside linebacker Charlie Clemons (left ankle) probably won't play.

LIONS: Detroit signed cornerback Doug Evans Friday to bolster its injury-depleted secondary.

Cornerbacks Jimmy Wyrick (chest) and Rod Babers (shoulder) are listed as doubtful. Defensive end Robert Porcher was added to the injury report Friday. He was listed as questionable with a hip injury.

VIKINGS: Pro Bowl running back Michael Bennett was activated by Minnesota on Friday and is expected to make his season debut against Green Bay this weekend.

Bennett had been on the physically unable to perform list with a broken bone in his left foot.

BEARS: Safety Mike Green signed a five-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

RAMS: Safety Adam Archuleta and cornerback Travis Fisher are expected to return from injuries Sunday against San Francisco.

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