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Updated: October 29th, 2010 3:14pm
Notebook: Phil Loadholt, Randy Moss rack up $45,000 in fines

Notebook: Phil Loadholt, Randy Moss rack up $45,000 in fines

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Another week, another hefty fine for the Minnesota Vikings. Two of them, actually.

An NFL spokesman on Friday said right tackle Phil Loadholt was fined $20,000 for grabbing Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' facemask in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-24 loss at Green Bay.

Also Friday, the NFL announced receiver Randy Moss -- who held a group interview session with Twin Cities reporters since Oct. 13 -- has been fined $25,000 for "failing to cooperate with the news media in violation of NFL policy, his player contract, and the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement."

Loadholt was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, which backed up the Vikings' failed final drive, and coach Brad Childress was critical of that call (among others) after the game. However, replays clearly showed Loadholt grabbing and twisting the facemask of Matthews, who had the second-year tackle beat outside on a speed rush.

The fine is larger because Loadholt is a repeat offender. He was fined $10,000 for two facemask violations in the season opener at New Orleans.

Moss had a rocky relationship with the Twin Cities media in his first stint with the Vikings, but it's unclear what triggered his latest silence. Players are required to be available to the media at least twice a week, including after games, but Moss repeatedly has declined interview requests the past two-plus weeks.

Loadholt's latest fine brings his season total for fines to at least $30,000. End Ray Edwards, who was fined $20,000 last week for spearing Dallas running back Marion Barber, has been docked $32,500.

Childress was fined $35,000 on Tuesday for publicly criticizing officials after the Green Bay game and revealing details of a private conversation with the NFL's head of officials.

Webb's work

If the Vikings decide to deactivate Brett Favre on Sunday at New England, Joe Webb would be the No. 2 option behind Tarvaris Jackson.

That meant extra work this week in practice for the rookie sixth-round draft pick, who mostly had been running the scout team since the regular season began.

"It's coming pretty good," said Webb, who passed for three touchdowns and ran for another during an impressive preseason that sealed his spot on the roster.

"I work at my craft in practice. Every day, I try to take advantage of the time I do get in and try to get the most mental reps that I can."

Health watch

The Vikings listed quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/right elbow) as questionable on Friday's injury report, meaning he officially has a 50/50 chance for playing. Two backups -- cornerback Lito Sheppard, who is recovering from a broken hand, and guard Chris DeGeare (ankle) -- also are questionable.

Safety Husain Abdullah (concussion), cornerback Chris Cook (knee), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (hamstring), guard Steve Hutchinson (quadricep), center John Sullivan (calf) and defensive tackle Pat Williams (quadricep) are probable.

The Patriots ruled out running back Fred Taylor (toe) and safety Jarrad Page (calf). Safety Patrick Chung (knee), receiver Deion Branch (hamstring), receiver Matt Slater (ankle) and end Mike Wright (knee) are questionable, and quarterback Tom Brady (shoulder) is probable.

Quick hits

• Backup strong safety Jamarca Sanford was absent for a personal issue, said Childress, who wouldn't reveal whether Sanford would make the trip to New England. "I don't have to disclose that until (Saturday)," Childress said. "If it gets to (Saturday), it's (Saturday)."

• Jackson's plans for the uncertain 48 hours before kickoff in New England? "Just relax and just chill out, have fun, whatever. ... It just depends how you feel or whatever. I'm not doing anything different than what I usually do. Just going to get ready to play a football game.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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