|NFL will not punish Packers players for 'bounty rule' violation|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 26 November 2007 11:14|
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Green Bay Packers players no longer can offer teammates financial incentives for their on-field performance, but the NFL will not punish them for violating the league's ``bounty rule.''|
``The club has handled the matter with the players and the incentive pool has been discontinued,'' league spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail Monday.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the players would not be punished by the team.
``We've already addressed it as a football team,'' McCarthy said. ``It's a dead issue, in my view. There's been no fines. It's been resolved with the league, and we have moved on.''
League officials began looking into a report last week that Packers defensive players offered incentives to teammates for achieving specific defensive goals.
League rules prohibit teams and players ``from offering or accepting bonuses to a player for his or his team's performance against a particular team, a particular opposing player or players, or a particular group of an opposing team.''
ESPN reported that Packers players offered to pay the team's defensive linemen $500 each if they were able to hold Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson to under 100 yards rushing two weeks ago. They offered another $500 for holding Carolina to under 60 yards rushing as a team the next week.
Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman said players were trying to put the issue behind them.
``I know all that stuff kind of happened last week, and we haven't heard anything,'' Kampman said. ``It's pretty much all water under the dam.''
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