Notebook: Edwards wants to keep his money

Ray Edwards (Andy King/AP)

Defensive end Ray Edwards keeps appealing the fines he's receiving from the NFL, even if he doesn't have a lot of confidence he'll win.

Ray Edwards is hoping to be reunited with his money, but he hasn't been successful in appealing fines from the NFL in the recent past.

Edwards was fined $5,000 each for unnecessary roughness – he unnecessarily shoved his opponent, the league said – and for roughing the passer after he struck QB Shaun Hill in the head area during the Vikings' game against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 26. But to hear Edwards tell it, he doesn't sound optimistic that his appeals will be successful.

"It's like you're getting grounded by your parents and you try to appeal to your parents why you shouldn't be grounded," Edwards said. "You just try to win and hopefully they see something in the tape where they figure we shouldn't fine this guy this time."

During the unnecessary roughness penalty, Edwards came to the defense of Jared Allen, who said he was speared after a third-quarter sack by Brian Robison. Following the sack, a shoving match ensued.

"I was the only guy to get fined out of that whole situation and I don't see how that's the case when the guy hit my man, protecting one of my guys," Edwards said. "You can't cry over spilled milk, but I'm going to try to get my money back."

But Edwards seemed to acknowledge that could be an uphill battle, one he has waged before without success.

The process can take several weeks and he ends up talking to Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Art Shell, who now works for the NFL, as part of the appeal. The fact that a defensive lineman has to appeal to an offensive lineman isn't lost on Edwards.

"You're a defensive guy trying to get something on an offensive guy, you know how that goes. You appeal to him, he works for the NFL. Like I said, you're appealing to your parents because we work for the NFL," Edwards said. "They're trying to keep money as is, so you know how that goes."

He added: "I think they just hate the Vikings. Me personally, I was watching games, guys getting holding calls – you watch our tape, we get held more than anybody, but we don't get those calls. I guess that's because we're the Outlaws (the self-appointed nickname by the defensive linemen), that's how it goes."

Edwards is hoping to find out Tuesday about an appeal he filed for a preseason fine. In third quarter of the third preseason game against Seattle, he was fined for roughing the passer.

"You get one step and I was right there. I think I should win that one, hopefully. I'm keeping my fingers crossed," he said.

"It's their world, we're just living in it."

OFFENSE ON THE MEND?

Vikings coaches usually have more than a handful of games to review when they are on bye, but with the earliest bye of the season, they only had three games to review.

"It was different from the standpoint of body of work. You don't have as many plays to look at and see situational – for instance snaps on the goal-line, which we had an unbelievable amount throughout the course of last year," head coach Brad Childress said. "There's not that much evidence there yet, so people will go back to last year to look at us. We're doing a decent job of running the football right now. We want to continue that. We want to throw in a couple of areas there. Like I said before, pass game needs work and we'll continue to address that and look at that."

The Vikings are ranked 24th in the league in passing offense, easily their lowest ranking among rushing and passing offense and defense.

A few players said they were confident things would be turned around. Coming off a bye helps at least mentally.

"It's important that they have a fresh attitude, fresh outlook and that they come out here and don't forget everything they knew before the bye. I thought we had a pretty crisp practice today, just kind of getting back in the saddle," Childress said. "I just look for them to come back with the right mindset, come back ready to work, come back ready to improve, not to come back and just hang out. We've got work to do."

NOTES

  • The biggest injury concerns for the Vikings this week will be with center John Sullivan and tight Visanthe Shiancoe. Sullivan left after the Vikings' first offensive play of the Detroit game on Sept. 26 with a calf injury, and Shiancoe left later in the game with a hamstring injury. Both were at practice Monday, but neither of them was participating.

    "They are working through their different muscle issues. They are making progress and they stayed all last week and actually treated last night. They're coming," Childress said.

    Shiancoe said he made good progress with his injury during the bye week, but he wasn't putting any percentages on his availability for the team's Monday night game against the New York Jets.

  • With tonight's Monday night game between Miami and New England left in this weekend's schedule, the Vikings rank 15th on offense (fifth rushing and 24th passing) and fourth on defense (ninth against the run and seventh against the pass).

  • Players had an NFL life skills seminar to attend Monday afternoon and many were scheduled to appear at the annual Taste of the NFL charity event Monday evening at the Mall of America. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vikings Children's Fund Summer Lunch Program, which provides meals to children in need.


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