FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan says he has been fined by the NFL for grabbing at his groin at the end of an interception return against the New York Jets.
Ryan, playing for the injured Aqib Talib last Sunday, picked off Geno Smith late in the first quarter and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown. As he reached the end zone, he fell backward and reached for his groin with his left hand.
Ryan apologized Thursday to "all the fans and all the viewers who had to witness that." He says he owns up to his actions, which were "not acceptable" and insists "it won't happen again. That's not who I am."
The NFL doesn't typically confirm fines or amounts until Friday.
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