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Jets DLs confirm fines, will appeal

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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will appeal his fine.
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)

New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples say they will appeal their fines by the NFL for their hits on Tennessee's Jake Locker.

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Wilkerson says Thursday he was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, but adds that no penalty was called on the play and insists it wasn't ''a dirty hit.'' Coples was fined $7,875, and also says his hit was simply ''a football play.''

Locker was hit by both Wilkerson and Coples in the third quarter of Tennessee's 38-13 win Sunday after he threw a pass. Locker was carted off the field and expected to miss a few weeks with a sprained right hip and knee.

Titans coach Mike Munchak called both hits ''unnecessary,'' but Locker said he didn't think either player should be fined.

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