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NFL consides discipline for Raiola incident

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The NFL plans to review Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola’s stomping incident during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Raiola was caught on tape stepping on Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson’s ankle during the third quarter of the Lions’ 20-14 victory at Soldier Field.

“The matter will be reviewed and appropriate discipline will be applied for any potential safety-related rules violations,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said Monday.

Raiola said after the game the incident was unintentional.

“I remember I was stumbling out. I didn’t see the end of it,” Raiola said. “I apologized at the end of the game, told him it was unintentional and we shook hands and that was it.”

Raiola said he felt something when he stepped down on what ended up being Ferguson and that his ankle almost rolled on him when he ended up making contact with Ferguson’s leg.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said after the game that he would need to see the tape of the incident.

“From what I understand, that was inadvertent,” Caldwell said. “He apologized to the guy. They shook hands.”

Ferguson had a different interpretation of what happened.

“Y’all saw the play,” said Ferguson, who ended up coming back into the game after initially having to come out. “I don’t have to explain that. You need to stay in between the (whistles).”

Ferguson declined to say what Raiola said to him after the game.

“None of that matters,” Ferguson said. “We all saw the play. You can’t take back what happened with that play. That’s the end of that.”

Raiola last month admitted he went at the knee of an opponent seeking payback for the New England Patriots’ scoring a late-game touchdown in Week 12. He was fined $10,000.


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