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POSTED October 28, 2013 10:03 p.m.

ALAMEDA (AP) — Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver could be facing a fine from the NFL for an obscene gesture directed at the officials.

Tarver was caught on television using the one-finger gesture toward the officials after a flag was thrown on cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s 21-18 win.

“I apologize for my action on the sideline of yesterday’s game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”

The flag was eventually picked up but that may not spare Tarver from punishment. The NFL said Monday a decision on any fine would be announced Friday. Tennessee defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was fined $40,000 for a similar gesture in 2010.

Defense opens in Taylor case

The father of a man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor testified Monday that it took him hours to find his son the day he was arrested, and that his son appeared shaken and frightened when they finally were allowed to meet. Investigators took Eric Rivera Jr. into custody in Fort Myers on Nov. 30, 2007, a few days after Taylor was fatally shot in his Miami-area home during what investigators say was a botched burglary. His father, Eric Rivera Sr., said he went to two local police departments and called his son’s cell phone several times, but could not locate him.

Keenum earns another start

Case Keenum will start at quarterback in place of a healthy Matt Schaub when the Texans host division foe Indianapolis on Sunday night.

Coach Gary Kubiak announced the decision Monday and said he had decided before the bye weekend to give Keenum a second straight start as the Texans try to end a five-game losing streak.  Kubiak said the decision was not for the rest of the season, but is geared toward trying to keep the team going in the right direction following a close 17-16 loss to Kansas City in which Keenum played well.

Teammates pointed to the energy he brought to the field while going 15 for 25 for 271 yards and a touchdown.

Quick hits

Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams needs surgery to repair a hamstring injury and will miss the remainder of the season. ... Robert Griffin III should be able to practice this week despite hurting his left knee in the Washington Redskins’ latest loss. ... Travis Benjamin, one of Cleveland’s top playmakers and one of the NFL’s best punt returners, tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament in Sunday’s loss at Kansas City and will miss the rest of the season.

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