EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J – The NFL game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by superstorm Sandy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and was told the game would not divert any resources from relief efforts, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
There will be no rail service to MetLife Stadium, the Giants said.
Fines handed out
Bears safety Chris Conte was fined $21,000 by the NFL for striking Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell in the head and neck area when LaFell was defenseless.
Conte made the hit in Chicago’s 23-22 victory over Carolina last Sunday at Soldier Field. The league announced the fine Friday, and Conte appealed.
Fined $15,750 were Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour, Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty, Jets linebacker Marcus Dowtin and Titans rookie defensive tackle Mike Martin.
Fined $10,000 was Dolphins rookie tackle Jonathan Martin for clipping against the Jets.
Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen and Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn were fined $7,875 each for pulling each other’s face masks.
Around the league
Denver cornerback Tracy Porter is doubtful for the game Sunday at Cincinnati as doctors continue to regulate his medication to control seizures. Pittsburgh running back Jonathan Dwyer didn’t practice Friday and is listed as doubtful thanks to a right quad strain. Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall (right Achilles) is also listed as doubtful, leaving Isaac Redman and his sore ankles as the healthiest feature back on the Steelers’ roster.
New Orleans running back and return specialist Darren Sproles underwent hand surgery and won’t be able to play Monday night against Philadelphia. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is listed as probable to play at Seattle, despite his absence from practice Friday.
Cleveland defensive tackle Phil Taylor was activated from the physically unable to perform list and will play Sunday against Baltimore.
Detroit will keep running back Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list for the year because of concussion problems.