NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Jets’ strength and conditioning coach has been suspended indefinitely for telling his players to try to interfere with the Miami Dolphins’ kick coverage last Sunday, the team said Wednesday.
Sal Alosi, who tripped a Dolphins player during the game, had already been suspended by the Jets without pay for the rest of the season.
He is believed to have instructed some of his players to form a wall along the sideline for a punt return during Miami’s 10-6 victory in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“Over the last day as we continued our investigation, we discovered some new information,” Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told a conference call.
“The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were, to force the gunner in the game to run around them.”
A gunner is a player who races down the sideline in an attempt to tackle the punt returner.
Tannenbaum said he had received full support from the NFL for the Jets’ decision after meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ray Anderson, the league’s vice president of football operations, earlier in the day.
“But the league is going to look into this as well, as they should,” he added. “Once we get all the information, we’ll make a final determination but, based on this information, Sal has been suspended indefinitely.”
Asked whether Alosi would be fired, Tannenbaum replied: “All options are certainly on the table. We’re going to complete the review, get all the information.”
On Monday, Alosi was also fined $25,000 by the Jets for sticking his leg out and causing rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll to stumble during Sunday’s game.
Alosi apologized after the game and again on Monday during a news conference at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Ginsburg