Jets' Rhodes fined $5K for tossing ball into stands vs. Panthers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The NFL fined New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes $5,000 for throwing a ball into the stands following an interception against the Carolina Panthers.

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After the first of his two interceptions in the Jets' 17-6 victory Sunday, Rhodes tossed the ball into the crowd after he reached the team's bench. Earlier in the week, Rhodes had been demoted from the starting lineup in favor of Eric Smith.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jacksonwas fined Thursday for a similar infraction after he threw a ball into the stands following a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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