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Preseason

Rodgers-Cromartie fined $21K for launching

The NFL assessed its first fine of the season for an on-field infraction against Eagles safety Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Last Thursday, Rodgers-Cromartie hit Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich by lowering his helmet and leaping towards him. In the NFL rulebook, this is called launching, a 15-yard penalty that invariably leads to a fine by the NFL office.…

First female official doesn’t earn stripes, milestone comes with asterisk

According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference referee Shannon Eastin has been assigned as an official for Thursday’s Packers-Chargers preseason game. It is the first time a female has been assigned to officiate an NFL game, preseason or otherwise. While this is a monument of women’s athletic achievement, that…