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    NFL notes: Titans safety Griffin will appeal fine

    Titans safety Michael Griffin, shown tackling Alex Green of the Jets on Sunday, was fined $21,000 for a hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill.
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    Titans safety Michael Griffin, shown tackling Alex Green of the Jets on Sunday, was fined $21,000 for a hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill.

    Titans safety Michael Griffin said Wednesday the NFL has fined him $21,000 for his hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill, which Griffin calls the consequence of going high.

    Griffin said Wednesday he appealed the fine as soon as he received it.

    He hit Hill after Alterraun Verner intercepted the pass intended for the Jets receiver on New York’s second offensive play in last week’s 38-13 Titans win. Hill left the game with a concussion and did not return.


    Griffin read off the letter from the NFL, saying he was fined for unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.

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    ‘‘I go low you know somebody makes the catch over the middle,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘The tight end makes the catch over the middle I go low. Then this week I go high, even though Vern got the interception. This is the consequence you get for going high.’’

    Griffin said he’s trying to figure out how Hill is defenseless on an interception. Griffin showed a photo of the hit on his cellphone, noting he hit Hill on the left shoulder.

    ‘‘You watch the play, slow-mo. I didn’t hit him,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘I hit him in his left shoulder.’’

    Titans coach Mike Munchak said apparently the ruling was hitting a defenseless player.


    ‘‘I’m waiting to hear on how they ruled on some of the stuff we’re waiting to hear on hits on our guys,’’ Munchak said. ‘‘Yeah, that’s tough.’’

    Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples hit Titans quarterback Jake Locker in the third quarter after he threw a pass, and now Locker is expected to miss a few weeks with a sprained right hip and knee. According to multiple reports, Wilkerson and Coples, who were not penalized on the play, will be fined for their hit on Locker.

    Ryan changes mind

    A few hours after saying the Jets were considering using a wristband with plays designated by color — red, yellow, and green — to help struggling rookie QB Geno Smith, coach Rex Ryan decided against it. “To be honest with you, I don’t plan on doing that now,’’ Ryan told ESPN NY 98.7 on Wednesday. The Jets, trying to help cut down on turnovers, used a similar method during Mark Sanchez’s rookie season in 2009 to help him determine how aggressive he can be on a given play. Red plays mean the quarterback needs to be conservative, yellow means he must be cautious, and green indicates he can be aggressive. With 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions and three fumbles lost, Smith is tied with the Giants’ Eli Manning for the league lead in that dubious category . . . The Jets signed David Nelson to add depth to a banged-up receiving corps. Nelson played with the Bills from 2010-12 and caught 94 passes for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and Hill could both be sidelined this week.

    Broncos dodge bullet

    The Broncos were relieved weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan’s knee injury wasn’t serious after he was carted off the field toward the end of Wednesday’s practice. ‘‘I'm good! Thanks for all of your concerns #BroncosUp,’’ Trevathan tweeted after his MRI came back negative. Trevathan will likely be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Dallas . . . You can soon call Donte Whitner, Donte Hitner. Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, the 49ers safety filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the “W” — after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so . . . Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor returned to practice and was working with the first team after missing last week’s game with a concussion, while running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined by a hamstring injury that prevented him from finishing last week’s game . . . Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon returned to practice for the first time since late August. Blackmon, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, was allowed to be in meetings during his suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, but wasn’t allowed to practice . . . The Seahawks welcomed back linebacker Bruce Irvin, who also finished serving a four-game suspension for using a banned substance . . . The Steelers acquired offensive tackle Levi Brown from the Cardinals for a conditional draft pick. Brown was the fifth overall pick in 2007.