The New York Jets suspended assistant coach Sal Alosi indefinitely Wednesday after he acknowledged that he ordered five inactive players to form a wall along the sideline for a punt return, during which he tripped Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll.
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Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Alosi, the team's strength and conditioning coach, didn't initially volunteer during the investigation that he told players to stand that way.
"As we continued our investigation, we discovered some new information," Tannenbaum said in a conference call from the NFL owners meetings in Fort Worth, Texas, "and the players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were to force the gunner in the game to run around them."
Doing so, according to NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, violated league rules.
Anderson told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that there are "protocols where players and coaches are supposed to be," and the Jets' alignment was "improper."
Tannenbaum said he met with Anderson on Wednesday morning, and the league supported the Jets' decision. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said a memo about the situation would be sent to teams this week.
Tannenbaum didn't rule out the possibility that Alosi will be fired. A decision will be made once he and Johnson return from Texas.
"All options are on the table," he said.