Braves replace closer Billy Wagner


A post on his Twitter account noted that a fan wearing his jersey at the Bengals’ game against Tampa Bay would get a football signed by him and Chad Ochocinco. The message was posted an hour before kickoff, violating the nfl jersey’s social media policy that prohibits posts 90 minutes before a game.

Owens was on the field shortly after the message was posted on his Twitter account.

“A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!” the message said.

Even if someone else posted it on his account, it would violate the NFL’s restrictions on players and coaches using social media before, during and after games.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, “We will look into it.” He added nothing further was expected today.

Ochocinco was fined $ 25,000 by the league for tweeting before and during a mlb jerseys preseason game against Philadelphia in August. He was the first player fined for violating the year-old policy.

Ochocinco apologized after his violation and promised the league he wouldn’t do it again. He has kept his word, respecting the NFL’s time frame for tweeting. Several hours before the kickoff on Sunday — well within NFL guidelines — Ochocinco tweeted about his pet pigeon and a few other topics.

“Man watching the morning news n something always is going on wrong in the world, will there ever b a 24 hr problem free day?” Ochocinco tweeted.

By replacing Wagner before Game 3 on Sunday, the Braves will be without the left-hander for the remainder of the division series and, if they advance, the National League Championship Series.

Wagner, who is retiring after the nfl jersey season, would be eligible if the Braves play in the World Series. He was fifth in the NL with 37 saves.

Saito was left off the Braves’ postseason roster because of a sore right shoulder. Manager Bobby Cox says he will use matchups with rookie Craig Kimbrel and others in closing situations.