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NFL says Ochocinco can’t reimburse Foster

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KANSAS CITY, KS - JUNE 09: Chad Ochocinco watches practice from the sidelines prior to the innaugural game between the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City at LiveStrong Sporting Park on June 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco has offered to reimburse Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster if Foster is fined for his hit on Ochocinco in Thursday night’s game.

If Ochocinco follows through on that offer, he could be fined himself.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to PFT that it is not permitted for a player to pay another player’s fine. Anyone who’s fined by the NFL has to pay the fine himself, and no kind of reimbursement, by anyone, is allowed.

So we’ll see next week if the NFL fines Foster for the hit, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. And then if Ochocinco follows through on his promise, we’ll see how much the NFL fines a player for paying the fine of another player.