DAVIE (AP) - The Miami Dolphins are unwilling to shrug off low expectorations.
Coach Tony Sparano said Monday he wants the NFL to investigate the Dolphins' complaint that Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spat in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.
McClain denied spitting intentionally, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh absolved his player of wrongdoing, but a video replay from WFOR-TV in Miami appeared to confirm the incident, and Sparano said he verified it.
"I have enough evidence," Sparano said. "It's upsetting to me."
Crowder didn't talk to reporters Monday, one day after a disappointing 26-10 loss at Baltimore dropped the inconsistent Dolphins to 4-4. McClain conceded saliva flew, but only accidentally.
"He said stuff to me I didn't want to hear. I said stuff he didn't want to hear," McClain said. "Spit came out of my mouth when I said something to the dude, and that was it. It wasn't on purpose. I'm not that kind of player."
The Dolphins weren't buying that explanation. Linebacker Karlos Dansby said McClain, a Pro Bowl fullback, should be suspended for the rest of the season.
Crowder is widely considered one of the league's foremost trash-talkers, so it was no surprise to see him and McClain facemask to facemask trading taunts during a timeout, with an official trying to separate them.
The video shows the conversation ending when McClain rears his head back before thrusting it forward.
"That's just me talking," McClain said. "You can't see spit coming out of my mouth or anything."
Crowder then waves his left hand in front of his face, as if trying to intercept the spittle, before the players are separated.
None of Crowder's teammates saw the incident, either. Dansby quickly became aware of it and said his linebacking partner deserves credit for his restrained response.
Cowboys fire coach: Jerry Jones never wanted to change coaches this season. As the blowout losses mounted, and Wade Phillips' defense was mostly to blame, the owner-general manager of the Dallas Cowboys had no choice.
Jones fired Phillips, 63, Monday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, 44, to take over the 1-7 club on an interim basis. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni was promoted to replace Phillips' other role as defensive coordinator.