Jets, NFL Review Assistant Coach's Tripping of Miami Dolphins Cornerback

The National Football League is reviewing an incident in which a New York Jets coach tripped Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll as the rookie ran along the sideline while covering a punt during yesterday’s game.

Sal Alosi, the Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, said in a televised news conference that he would take whatever punishment the league or the team gives him.

Alosi, 33, apologized for tripping Carroll during the third quarter of the Jets’ 10-6 loss, as the defensive back ran just out of bounds after a Dolphins punt. Television replays appeared to show Alosi’s knee make contact with Carroll, who was helped by Jets’ medical personnel after tumbling to the ground.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Alosi said at the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. “If I could go back and do it again, I’d sure as heck take a step back.”

Alosi said he apologized to Carroll and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano after the game, as well as Jets coach Rex Ryan, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail that the league is reviewing the incident. Ryan said after the game the team would also look into the matter. Alosi, who joined the Jets as an intern in 2002, said he may face a fine or other discipline from the NFL.

Ryan said at a televised news conference this afternoon that the team is working with the league in determining how to handle the situation.

“There’s no place for it in football,” Ryan said. “He made a mistake and he admitted it.”

Blaming Ryan

A former linebacker at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island, Alosi spent his first four seasons with the Jets before directing the Atlanta Falcons’ strength and conditioning program in 2006. He rejoined the Jets in his current role the following season.

Carroll, who had a first-quarter interception that set up a Dolphins’ field goal, returned to the game after being injured and said he wasn’t angry about the incident. He’s the son of Florida Lieutenant Governor-elect Jennifer Carroll.

Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby blamed Ryan for creating a team culture in New York that he said encourages bad behavior.

“You take it up with the head coach,” Dansby told reporters after the game. “The head coach, he opened a can of worms over there, and now he has to fix it.”

Earlier this season, the Jets said they would pay for a leaguewide training program on proper workplace behavior after the NFL said players and coaches exhibited “unprofessional conduct” toward a female television reporter at practice. Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts coach, also criticized Ryan for his use of profanity in the HBO television series “Hard Knocks.”

After receiver Braylon Edwards was charged in September with driving while intoxicated, Ryan said he told players he was tired of dealing with off-field embarrassments.

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