In Sunday's win against the Lions, Edwards came to the aid of Jared Allen, who got a cheap shot from a Lions offensive lineman that got Edwards involved and turned into a mini-scrum in the second half of the game. Edwards shoved one player to the ground and kicked his feet when a crowd gathered.
The NFL cops spoke on Friday and hit Edwards with a $10,000 fine for a pair of infractions. He was fined $5,000 for the fight that ensued from his shoving match in the third quarter. He was fined another $5,000 for a hit on Detroit QB Shaun Hill.
Edwards defended his actions following the game, saying he is more than willing to mix it up when he feels he or his teammates have been wronged. Replays showed that Allen was the subject of a cheap shot, but Edwards' involvement in the escalation led to the fine.
Allen was not fined for his role in the melee, which some thought might happen given his run-ins with the fine police in the past – a pair of shots on quarterbacks that led to Allen being summoned to the league office for a discussion and accusation (vehemently denied by Allen) that he was a dirty player.
Apparently, a list of names of players on the periphery of the incident was submitted for potential sanctions, but the only person in the dust-up to be fined was Edwards.
The fine cops rarely take the circumstances into consideration, but, following the game, Edwards was non-apologetic about the incident, saying his involvement was merely in response to what happened to Allen. But, as many players have learned over the years, it isn't always the first guy who starts a fight that gets caught – it's the first one the refs see.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.