Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Parcells won't be fined for remark

The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas - Bill Parcells won't be fined by the NFL for calling surprise plays used in practice "Jap plays," a remark for which he later apologized.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday that no action would be taken by the league against the Dallas Cowboys coach.

Parcells made the remark, an apparent reference to Japan's 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, while talking to reporters during the Cowboys' minicamp Monday.

He later issued this statement: "I made a very inappropriate reference, and although I prefaced it with the remark, 'no disrespect to anyone intended,' it was still uncalled for and inconsiderate," he said. "For that I apologize to anyone who may have been offended."

GIANTS: Recently hired offensive line coach Pat Flaherty has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Flaherty, 48, plans to work as much as possible while undergoing treatment, which will include surgery, the Giants said in a statement.

"I feel good and I look forward to coaching this season as I do every season," said Flaherty, whose illness was discovered during the team's annual physical.

The Giants have hired Pat Ruel to work with Flaherty and assistant offensive line coach-quality control coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

RAMS: St. Louis re-signed tight end Cam Cleeland. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Cleeland had 10 catches for 145 yards last year.

In six NFL seasons - his first four with New Orleans, then a season with New England before joining the Rams - Cleeland has caught 119 passes for 1,404 yards and 12 touchdowns.

VIKINGS: Linebacker Keith Newman signed with Minnesota after playing with Atlanta last season. Newman, who played with Buffalo in his first four seasons, has started 52 games in the past four seasons.

PATRIOTS: Cornerback Terrell Buckley signed with New England. The 12-year veteran played a total of 31 games with the team in 2001 and 2002. He spent last season with the Miami Dolphins, for whom he also had played earlier in his career.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Chris Weinke, who was a starter in 2001 but is now a third-stringer, won't seek a trade and plans to play out his five-year contract through 2005.

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