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Updated: October 1st, 2010 2:47pm
Ray Edwards fined $10,000 for two infractions in Sunday's win

Ray Edwards fined $10,000 for two infractions in Sunday's win

by Tom Pelissero
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Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions was costly for Ray Edwards.

The Minnesota Vikings' left end was fined $5,000 for the shove that sparked a third-quarter scrum and another $5,000 for hitting Lions quarterback Shaun Hill "in the head area" while hurdling a block in the fourth quarter, an NFL spokesman said on Friday.

Also, Vikings offensive lineman Ryan Cook was fined $5,000 for an illegal clip.

Edwards, whose base salary is $2.521 million, now has been fined $15,000 (that we know of) this season. He also was fined $5,000 for a late hit in the Aug. 28 preseason game against Seattle.

Apparently, no one else on either team was fined for the big fracas, which began after Vikings end Brian Robison sacked Hill with about 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Allen in essence tackled Lions guard Rob Sims onto the pile, then Hill took exception and jabbed his right elbow at Allen, who also took a shove in the lower back from Sims.

Edwards retaliated by shoving Sims to the ground, and Sims grabbed Edwards' left leg and attempted a wrestling-like takedown as two Lions grabbed Allen and Hill shoved his facemask into Allen's. Lions tackle Jeff Backus and Allen swung at each other's facemask, Hill and Allen shoved some more and Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus also got involved before Vikings safety Eric Frampton dragged Allen from the fray.

After a Lions punt, the next scrimmage play ended with Vikings receiver Greg Lewis and Lions cornerback Chris Houston continuing action well beyond the whistle. Neither player was fined.

Edwards' other fine was for a play in the fourth quarter on which he leapt over Lions fullback Jerome Felton and drew a personal foul. Vikings safety Madieu Williams also hit Hill on the play, and that contact appeared to propel Hill's head into Edwards.

Unlike Edwards, Lions linebacker Julian Peterson was not fined for hitting Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the head -- another infraction that drew an unnecessary roughness flag.

Cook was fined for diving into the back of Peterson's legs.

Multiple reports said the Lions fined safety Louis Delmas $5,000 for giving fans the finger. It was unclear whether the league would impose additional discipline.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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