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NFL briefs

November 1, 2003

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Billick fined $15,000 for blasting officials

New York -- Baltimore coach Brian Billick was fined $15,000 by the NFL for his criticism of officiating in the Ravens' game Oct. 19 in Cincinnati.

The fine was leveled by Peter Hadhazy, the NFL's director of game operations in a letter sent Monday to Billick. That was three days before commissioner Paul Tagliabue suggested at the league meetings in Chicago that the Ravens' coach should be fined.

The fine came a day after Billick criticized instant replay following his team's 26-6 win over Denver. He was not fined for that but for comments made following a 34-26 loss in Cincinnati a week earlier.

Archuleta, Fisher expected back for Rams

St. Louis -- St. Louis Rams safety Adam Archuleta and cornerback Travis Fisher are expected to return from injuries and play Sunday against San Francisco, providing much-needed reinforcements in the secondary.

Fisher missed last week's victory over the Steelers because of a groin injury. He was listed as probable, although he said he was totally healthy after being injured against the Packers two weeks ago.

Archuleta has missed two games because of a sprained ankle and was listed as questionable. He's stepped up his workload each day in practice this week.

Carr probably out for Sunday's game

Houston -- Texans quarterback David Carr probably will miss Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers because of an injured right ankle -- even if the team's other two QBs are knocked out.

Veteran Tony Banks will start Sunday in place of Carr, who was hurt last weekend at Indianapolis. Rookie Dave Ragone, who never has taken an NFL snap, will be his backup.

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