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Dolphins Nolan Carroll Was Tripped by Jets Assistant Coach Sal Alosi (UPDATE)

This is footage from today's Dolphins-Jets game. Look closely at the :27 mark, and what looks like someone on the Jets' sideline sticking his leg out to trip the Dolphins' Nolan Carroll as he runs up the sideline on punt coverage in the third quarter. The culprit has been identified as Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi.

Carroll had to be helped off the field with what looked like a leg injury. The announcers commented:

"It looks like he got tripped by one of the members of the Jets' staff."

"Well this is just uncalled-for in the NFL. Watch the knee here being stuck out here on purpose to trip up Nolan Carroll. Not sure who that person was but they should be ashamed of themselves for that type of action. That has no place in any athletic event."

With the league cracking down extra-hard on dangerous hits this season, it will be interesting to see how they deal with Sal Alosi.

UPDATE: After the game, Alosi released a statement to the media:
 
"I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. I spoke to Coach (Tony) Sparano and Nolan Carroll to apologize before they took off. I have also apologized to Woody (Johnson), Mike (Tannenbaum) and Rex (Ryan). I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows."



The Jets organization released a statement that said the team is reviewing the situation and looking into a course of action. Ben Volin at the Palm Beach Post reports that an NFL spokesperson says the league will look at the footage this week.

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