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JETS HIT WITH $10,000 FINE FOR NOT REPORTING INJURY

The New York Jets were fined $10,000 for violating NFL policy on the reporting of injuries, the league announced Friday.

Jets starting center Roger Duffy injured his knee in practice on Thursday, Oct. 9, and did not play in Sunday's game against Miami.

The Jets did not make proper notification after Duffy was injured, said NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash. Coach Bill Parcells will personally pay the fine, the Jets said Friday.

NFL rules require that if injuries occur after the Wednesday or Thursday reports are filed, the club is obligated to advise the NFL office, the opposing team and the media.

Dolphins rookie sidelined

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Jason Taylor will be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to stabilize a broken right forearm.

The 23-year-old Taylor suffered the injury Thursday during practice. Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound third-round pick out of the University of Akron, has started all six games for the Dolphins this season at right defensive end, making 29 tackles with two sacks.

World League, CFL champs play

LONDON -- Frankfurt will stage the 1998 championship game of the World League of American Football on June 14, with the winner to play the Canadian Football League's champions a week later.

The World League announced it was scrapping its split-season format, under which the winner of the first half of the season hosted the World Bowl against the winner of the second half. The 1998 World Bowl now will be contested by the top two teams in the standings at the end of the league's 10-game schedule.

In another new twist, the World Bowl champion will travel to Canada to play the CFL's 1997 Grey Cup winner in the "World Classic Bowl" one week later. The venue and playing rules for the interleague game will be determined later.

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