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Jets LB Scott under review by league for obscene gesture

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The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture that New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer in the team's locker room.

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NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Tuesday that the league is reviewing the incident, which occurred as the players cleared out their lockers at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday after failing to make the playoffs. Scott gathered items from his locker, walked past reporters and then turned, stuck out his middle finger and used an expletive while telling a photographer to get the camera out of his face.

Scott could be fined under the league's personal-conduct policy.

In separate interviews on ESPN Radio in New York, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan said Scott's behavior was "unacceptable."

"I don't know exactly how," Ryan added, "but that situation will definitely be addressed."

Scott likely has much bigger career concerns, as a source close to the situation told Newsday this week the linebacker likely won't return. Scott has a $4.2 million base salary that is fully guaranteed after he agreed to take a $1 million pay cut in 2011, according to The Star-Ledger. Scott is signed through 2014, but according to NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, the team has told people it can get out of paying Scott his guaranteed salary.

Scott, 31, made just 66 tackles this season, his lowest total since he with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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