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In the hands of the league

NFL says Moss matter under review

Knight Ridder Newspapers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Earlier this season, Mike Tice openly lobbied the NFL to fine wide receiver Kelly Campbell for an excessive-celebration penalty, but the Vikings' coach is steering clear of Randy Moss' latest incident.

Moss simulated mooning the Lambeau Field crowd after catching a 34-yard touchdown pass late in Sunday's 31-17 NFC wild-card victory at Green Bay and is expected to face a league fine of $5,000 or more.

As far as Tice is concerned, that makes it a league matter.

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"I have no comment," he said Monday. "The league has called me, and they're going to handle it, and that's it. That's all I'm going to say about that. Let's talk about the game this week. I have no comment on that. I didn't see it until last night. I have no comment, so don't waste your breath."

NFL spokesman Michael Signora said the matter is under review and a decision is expected by the end of the week.

Moss, who also bumped his backside against the goalpost padding as part of his end-zone routine, was unavailable for comment Monday, but offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie said the incident has been blown out of proportion.

"That is not a distraction," he said. "That's the media. You all blow it up, and it's not even that serious."

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