NFL still weighing punishment for Hall

NFL still weighing punishment for Hall
November 2, 2012, 5:30 pm
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The NFL is still weighing punishment against DeAngelo Hall for berating an official during last week’s loss in Pittsburgh.

The league normally announces fines on Friday, but an NFL spokesman said the league is still reviewing the matter and, if action is taken, it will be announced at a later date.

Hall, however, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Panthers, a league official said.

The veteran cornerback said earlier Friday that he had not been informed by the league about any punishment. 

Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged that he was aware of media reports suggesting that Hall would be fined and not suspended but added, "I haven't heard anything offically."

The incident occurred in the final minutes of Sunday's loss at Heinz Field after Hall was wrestled to the ground by Emmanuel Sanders, who was aggressively finishing a block. Hall took exception to the fact that no flag was thrown, removed his helmet and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against head linesman Dana Mckenzie.

Hall later said the Mckenzie also was “dishing it out.”

On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sirius XM radio: “We’re not suggesting that everyone is going to agree with every officiating call on the field. But there’s a way to do that. And there’s a way not to do it. We have very strong rules in this area and we’re going to enforce them aggressively.”

In an unrelated matter, the NFL has fined Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Brown ran backward for about 20 yards into the end zone on a punt return that was ultimately called back for an illegal block.