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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Won't happen


The NFL loves to fine players for minor "uniform'' violations. Translated, that can mean socks a little too high or low.

But Roger Goodell knows public relations. So Chad Ochocino isn't going to be fined for carrying the late Chris Henry's jersey on to the field in San Diego or falling to his knees and pointing to the heavens after catching a 49-yard touchdown pass in San Diego And Brandon Marshall won't have to pay for wearing Henry's name on his as he warmed up before the Broncos played the Raiders.

Goodell fines players a lot for a lot of things -- late hits as well as those pesky uniform quirks and the money goes to charity. He does it for hits that aren't penalized in the game and he does it for non-uniform uniforms through the ex-players or coaches who sit in the press box with binoculars scanning the 106 players while they are warming up or during the game. But he's a smart man. He knows that tributes to a player who had been turning around his life when he fell off the back of a truck and was fatally injured do not merit punishment.

This isn't speculation.

I have been told that while no decision has been made on the matter, it's just not likely to happen. If Ochocinco had carried through on his intention of wearing Henry's number "15,'' instead of his own "85,'' he might have been fined. I think that's what Chad should have done, although I wouldn't have had to pay for the thought.

But on this?


No, less than unlikely.

It won't happen.

By Dave Goldberg  |  December 21, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Denver Broncos Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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