Colon fined $35K for contact with ref

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets guard Willie Colon said Thursday he was fined "way more than I expected" by the NFL for making contact with an official and throwing a punch in the melee last Thursday with the New England Patriots.

Colon refused to reveal the exact amount -- "Too much," he said -- but a league source said it was $35,000. Colon said he's planning an appeal.

Colon was relieved he wasn't suspended, but he was clearly taken aback by the amount.

"They got me for contact with an official and I guess I was throwing some jabs when I was in the crowd," he said. "I kind of got the double wammy, so to speak. It sucks, but at this point all I can do is appeal it, put it behind me and get ready for Buffalo."

The melee was sparked when center Nick Mangold tackled Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on an interception return along the New England sideline. People on the Patriots' sideline thought it was a cheap shot because Mangold dove into the back of his legs, but it happened that way because Talib spun as he went out of bounds. On Wednesday, Talib said he had no problems with Mangold's tackle.

Mangold was penalized for a personal foul, but as of Thursday afternoon, he hadn't heard from the league about a potential fine. Left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson was fined $15,000 for throwing a punch.