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Posted at 3:17 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Rex Ryan maintains innocence on Sal Alosi tripping incident

By Cindy Boren

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Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (Opposingviews.com)

New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan gently corrected his former employer, Brian Billick on Friday.

Billick, on "Mike& Mike in the Morning," said, "Of course, Rex knew" that Sal Alosi, the Jets' strength and conditioning coach, had instructed inactive players to form a wall along the sideline on special-teams plays. On Sunday, Alosi tripped Miami Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll; he initially was suspended for the rest of the season and fined $25,000. After admitting that he told players to line up, the Jets increased the suspension to indefinite.

"I just wish he would have asked me first," Ryan said of Billick, who hired him when he was the Baltimore Ravens' coach. "I would have told him the truth. I think he made an assumption and it was wrong."

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In an email to teams, the NFL reiterated bench-area rules and restrictions on movement during games. Among the reminders: Each organization is responsible for appointing a "get-back" coach and violations can bring "in-game penalties and other disciplinary action."

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
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