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Coach Trips Player In Jets-Dolphins Game

While the game that wasn't was Sunday's big story in the NFL (along with the Patriot's 36-7 pasting of the Bears on a very snowy Soldier Field in Chicago), the Jets-Dolphins game in Miami featured the day's most regrettable moment.

Jets' strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was caught by TV cameras tripping Miami's Nolan Carroll as he ran out of bounds on a punt coverage in the third quarter. The NFL said Monday that it is investigating the incident. Alosi has issued a statement apologizing for the trip saying, in part:

"My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. ... I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows."

Carroll had little to say about the incident after the game. But teammate Channing Crowder was incensed. ESPN quotes the Dolphins linebacker saying:

"I wish they'd tripped me. I'd have broken that old man's leg. I didn't see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That's high character."

Fox News dubbed the trip "Goon Over Miami" in a story that said Alosi tried to go incognito during the game:

Alosi, who was wearing a green hat at the time, conspicuously switched to a black hat in the middle of the game. Then he took the hat off altogether.

While the Jets and the NFL try to digest this bizarre event, the Dolphins' can take heart from a the fact that Carroll and the rest of the team walked away from the game with a 10-6 victory.

UPDATE AT 7:37 P.M. ET: The Jets announced later on Monday that Alosi would be immediately suspended without pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, and fined an additional $25,000.

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