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Cortland Finnegan Receives Letter of Warning From NFL After Fines

Oct 8, 2010 – 4:36 PM
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John Oehser

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Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has grown accustomed to being fined by the NFL in recent weeks.

If he keeps playing the way he has been playing, that may not stop.

In fact, the fines may grow. Or worse.

Finnegan, who has been fined each of the last three weeks for a total of $20,000, this week received a letter from the NFL office stating that further plays such as the one for which he was fined this past week could result in increased discipline. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that Finnegan received the letter and said Finnegan declined on Friday to discuss his recent fines.

Finnegan, who was fined $5,000 following Weeks 2 and 3, was fined $10,000 this week for an incident involving Broncos offensive lineman Chris Kuper. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton accused Finnegan of punching Kuper, and called Finnegan a "cheap" player.

Finnegan, who was not penalized on the play, told Wyatt he did nothing unusual against the Broncos.

"I was just being me,'' Finnegan said.

Fines have become an integral part of the TItans' story this season. Wyatt also reported that Titans defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was fined $5,000 by the NFL for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Orton because Marks "unnecessarily struck the opposing quarterback in the knee area.'' Marks earlier this week said he didn't believe he had been fined.

Tennessee defensive coodinator Chuck Cecil this week was fined $40,000 for a one-fingered obscene gesture toward officials in Sunday's game.
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