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Report: Julian Edelman to appeal fine for hitting defenseless player

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots runs with the football after a reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Cardinals 23-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is reportedly facing a fine for a hit during the team’s season-opening victory over the Cardinals.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Edelman has been fined for a hit on a defenseless player and that he will appeal the penalty handed down by the league. Reiss reports that Edelman has been fined $26,000. The league’s fine schedule for 2016 calls for such fines to be a minimum of $24,309.

Reiss doesn’t specify what play led to the fine, but Zack Cox of NESN shared a video of a block on Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon that appears to be the likeliest infraction. Bucannon is following the play and takes a shot to the head/neck area from Edelman as Edelman is heading back toward his own end zone.

NFL rules consider players that receive “a “blindside” block when the path of the offensive blocker is toward or parallel to his own end line” to be defenseless players protected from taking hits to the head/neck delivered by a “helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder.”

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51 Responses to “Report: Julian Edelman to appeal fine for hitting defenseless player”
  1. knowspinzone says: Sep 15, 2016 2:10 PM

    I bet Roger wanted to suspend him.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 15, 2016 2:12 PM

    Edelman is outraged, “He is not a ‘defenseless’ player, he’s a ‘defensive’ player. They take cheap shots at me 20 times a game.”.

  3. jjackwagon says: Sep 15, 2016 2:13 PM

    Edelman has been a cheap-shot artist from the jump. Not sure why he would appeal this one.

  4. stealthjunk says: Sep 15, 2016 2:14 PM

    Well well…isn’t this going to be awkward for all the Pats fans calling the Broncos dirty, demanding suspensions, and claiming the NFL didn’t penalize them because they love them. Edelman’s hit is way dirtier than anything the Broncos did — running full speed, he launched off his feet and speared a guy who didn’t even have the ball right in the head.

  5. oneclap2 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:17 PM

    Anti-Patriot bias continues in the NFL. Two Bronco players launch themselves at Cam Newton’s head and the NFL fines Edelman more for a block. Unreal. Where is the integrity Roger?

  6. ngatasteelersfan says: Sep 15, 2016 2:22 PM

    Watching that game last week… This little guy is in line for a really rude awakening.

  7. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 15, 2016 2:25 PM

    Patriots fan here; I watched the video…..yeah if the description of the rules above are correct (and I don’t see why they wouldn’t be) then Edelman’s hit looks like an illegal one.

    I’m okay with him being fined for it, although I can’t understand why it would be more than the fines for the hits on Newton.

  8. lscottman3 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:28 PM

    i watched the replay and in my opinion Edelman launched himself and it was a helmet to helmet hit to a defender who was turned the other way.

    He should be fined, but how is his fine more than what the Bronco received for hitting Newton?

    Oh because he plays for the Patriots…

  9. atthemurph says: Sep 15, 2016 2:30 PM

    He should be fined for that hit. It was cheap.
    (and I’m not an AZ or NE fan.)

  10. ricko1112 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:32 PM

    So, the maximum fine Edelman may receive under the CBA is $24, 309, but Goodell fines him $26, 000.

    One again Goodell is making things up as he goes along. Doesn’t matter what the CBA or U.S. Labor Laws say.

    Just watch, the 2 Broncos’ headhunters that had the football world up in arms for deliberately, and dangerously targeting Cam Newton’S head all game (the NFL admitted that Cam should have been evaluated) will win their appeals. BTW, Stewart was fined $18,231 and Marshall $24, 309.

    Edelman, (no one is sure what he did, or to whom) not only gets fined above and beyond what was collectively bargained, but will surely lose his appeal.

    I bet this has to do with Bill punking Goodell by using the new kickoff rules to his advantage.

  11. jrebar88 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:35 PM

    Typical Patriots behavior. Dirtiest team in the league

  12. imodan says: Sep 15, 2016 2:37 PM

    I honestly thought they were fining him for knocking the snot out of the defenseless ballboy. This is going to be a weekly thing. Scour the game films to “catch” any infraction and fine the crap out em.

  13. trailerparkking says: Sep 15, 2016 2:44 PM

    Remember last year when Julie and Tammy cried about Julie being injured on a routine tackle?

  14. kissbillsrings says: Sep 15, 2016 2:52 PM

    Where can the hit be seen??
    What outlet shows the play?

  15. raidernation210 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:53 PM

    Cheaters gonna cheat

  16. thebiffer says: Sep 15, 2016 2:56 PM

    Typical Patriots, the dirtiest team in the league. Oh wait, that’s the Broncos

  17. kissbillsrings says: Sep 15, 2016 3:00 PM

    I saw it on Nesn… It’s a boarder line high hit…. He went high but was more a high chest hit that caused the defenders head to snap down… He was also launching so it can go either way….

  18. polksaladandy says: Sep 15, 2016 3:03 PM

    Raiders gonna lose. Commitment to incompetence.

  19. doe22us says: Sep 15, 2016 3:09 PM

    Yeah, when i saw it, i was shocked it didnt draw a flag.

  20. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 15, 2016 3:19 PM

    Well aren’t the Haters coming out of the basement now. If Edelman hit a guy illegal then he deserves a fine, even if he is the smallest guy out there. I won’t be surprised if this results in more fines and penalties far above and beyond the norm.

    Just wondering where all you yokels were when we were talking about the 4 completely filthy hits on cam last week?
    Only 2 were penalized and both for less then Edelman.

    Just another day in the land of integrity. It’s OK though, makes it sweeter when NE wins since we seem to always have to play 11 on 18.

  21. dwoofer says: Sep 15, 2016 3:22 PM

    Doesn’t everybody know? Patriots never cheat or commit penalties. Just ask them and their fans.

  22. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 15, 2016 3:22 PM

    Well now I have to change my tune,

    It’s on blog dot masslive

    Edelman hits the player with his hands first, then they slam together in a sort of cross body block.

    Illegal, maybe. Out of control, absolutely. Fineable, only because he’s from NE.

  23. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 15, 2016 3:24 PM

    And BTW, Edelman go the worst of it.

  24. Judge Smails says: Sep 15, 2016 3:42 PM

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time or pay the fine

    Appealing because he can’t think for himself

  25. weepingjebus says: Sep 15, 2016 3:45 PM

    All Patriots opponents are defenseless.

  26. todoubled says: Sep 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    That hit was a dirty hit and he should be fined but as a Broncos fan I can’t understand why Denver players were fined more. I guess the extra couple thousand were b/c he plays for Tom’s friends team.

  27. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Sep 15, 2016 3:55 PM

    The Patriots never accept blame on any level. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them were in court right now fighting a jaywalking ticket.

  28. todoubled says: Sep 15, 2016 3:58 PM

    Oh and that was some real good “targeting” by Roger. Seems he only likes to target the Patriots. Guess that’s the NFL’s interpretation of “targeting” lol.

  29. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 15, 2016 4:09 PM

    Dolphins will beat the Pats on Sunday, can’t wait to see all those sad faces just like in last years finale when home field advantage went buh bye!🙂

  30. valentino8100 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:16 PM

    I don’t care about the fine because I think MiniTron has the cash to cover it, but . . .

    What really makes me happy is watching all the envy, frustration, and malice pour out of the fans of every other franchise who seem to be able to come up with every excuse known to man for having to consistently kiss all those rings.

  31. jackedupboonie says: Sep 15, 2016 4:21 PM

    The smallest guy in the league and he is one of the best at blindside decleating and concussing other players I’ve ever seen!

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 15, 2016 4:22 PM

    Edelman suffers from the Napoleonic complex. He does get worked over by the big fellas when they get a chance because he acts like a smart ass. He is one hit from being welkered. Too small to be so chippy and will pay for it.

  33. jackedupboonie says: Sep 15, 2016 4:23 PM

    Normally when small little guys do harm to others on the football field, player policing takes care of it…..but not in today’s NFL. A 30-45,000 fine and possible suspension seems to make even punters tough guys.

  34. laughingwillow says: Sep 15, 2016 4:24 PM

    I thought the fine was going to be for lowering his shoulder and doing his best to knock out the unsuspecting ballboy way off the sideline. And then promptly turning his back on him. I feel bad for Julie’s Mom. Can you imagine, he didn’t even give him a hand up?

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:26 PM

    “Cheaters gonna cheat”

    So by your logic if drawing a penalty is “cheating”, then every single team “cheats” every week of the season.

    I doubt there are more than 6 games a year where one of the teams manages to go a whole game without drawing a single flag.

    Might want to think a little more before you type.

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:28 PM

    “The Patriots never accept blame on any level. ”

    Um, you do realize that virtually every single player fined during the year appeals those fines whether they deserve them or not don’t you?

    SMH

  37. tedmurph says: Sep 15, 2016 4:35 PM

    Looks like Adriana Lima gets a cheaper engagement ring.

  38. blogatron2000 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:38 PM

    Reminds me of the Amendola hit in the playoff game with KC last year. Starting to look like a trend in New England…

  39. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 15, 2016 4:41 PM

    But, but, but you don’t understand.

    After decades of being allowed to cheat without repercussion we have based our entire structure on it.

    You can’t start making us follow rules now!!!!!

  40. greggallmansliver says: Sep 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    Dirtiest team? Historically, under Belichick, one of the least penalized teams. During or after the game. Haters are going to need a new tag line.

    p.s. If Edelman’s hit fits the description, then fine him with respect to others having done same. NFL continues their inconsistency.

    p.s 2 – Edelman is probably one of the toughest guys in the league. Takes waaay more cheap hits than he dishes out. Not an NFL fan out there that wouldn’t want him on their team.

  41. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 15, 2016 5:18 PM

    I did feel sorry for the ball boy that got run over, but I also think that there is not enough runway on the sidelines for players to slow down once out of bounds. How many times have you seen someone jump over chairs, run into a camera man or hit the Gatorade table. Seems to me there was an ACL tear last year when someone tried to stop after running OOB.

    Heck, I’m concerned that a player on the Bills could get hurt by a trip near the sidelines on Dec 11.

  42. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 15, 2016 5:31 PM

    Edelman was the real MVP of SB 49.

  43. lanman11 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:35 PM

    Looked at the video. Clean hit.

  44. factpurveyor says: Sep 15, 2016 5:44 PM

    cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    Sep 15, 2016 3:55 PM

    The Patriots never accept blame on any level. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them were in court right now fighting a jaywalking ticket.

    —————————————————————–
    Someone is obviously new to following football.
    All 32 teams have players that have been fined. They all appeal and they usually receive a reduced fine or less games to be suspended for. Its the game where the commissioner gets to play the part of a benevolent dictator.

    Except if your name is Brady. Then the dictator just convinces everyone to ignore science while the NFL hides the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

  45. raidernation210 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:56 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 4:26 PM
    “Cheaters gonna cheat”

    So by your logic if drawing a penalty is “cheating”, then every single team “cheats” every week of the season.

    I doubt there are more than 6 games a year where one of the teams manages to go a whole game without drawing a single flag.

    Might want to think a little more before you type.

    _________________

    Actually never said a penalty, but you’re too stupid to realize that. Not every penalty draws a fine. Typical front running uneducated loser you are

  46. factpurveyor says: Sep 15, 2016 5:56 PM

    higheriqthanyou says:
    Sep 15, 2016 4:41 PM

    But, but, but you don’t understand.

    After decades of being allowed to cheat without repercussion we have based our entire structure on it.

    ———————————————————-
    Obvious that you are not talking about the Patriots.

    Almost 10 years ago the Patriots had a camera in the wrong location for a portion of the first game of the 2017 season against the Jets. They were punished for it and the matter was considered closed the time, although it is still mentioned from time to time by crybabies.

    The film from that game was destroyed by the NFL, not by the Patriots, so that no teams, including The Patriots could ever benefit by watching it. The NFL destroying the film also ensured if The Patriots kept an undisclosed copy they would have risked having Roger Goodell over punish them again.

    Then you had the tinfoil hat crowd inventing a bunch of silly things. Unfortunately those with weak minds believe that nonsense. Even though it has all been disproven.

  47. chippysbinky says: Sep 15, 2016 7:06 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Sep 15, 2016 2:44 PM
    Remember last year when Julie and Tammy cried about Julie being injured on a routine tackle?
    ++++++++++

    Not really but if it’s any consolation we also can’t recall too many Pat’s threads you haven’t cried on in the past year, so there’s that.

  48. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 15, 2016 8:54 PM

    clean hit. Patriots are super bowl bound. Best ever.

  49. brwmstr says: Sep 16, 2016 7:52 AM

    Football right….Professional football??
    Let them play. Make them all sign waivers acknowledging that they will probably suffer long term injuries from playing this sport and let them play. I am all for safety but this game is played way to fast to fine guys for hits like this. Look what they did last night, they took the QUARTERBACK out of the game for two plays because he might have had a concussion…..and he cleared the protocol. This is only going to get worse and somewhere very soon a ref with an agenda is going to pull a star player, in an important part of the game and lose a game for a team just because they can. These guys know the risks (now), let them play or not play, it’s their choice.

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:01 PM

    “Actually never said a penalty, but you’re too stupid to realize that. Not every penalty draws a fine. Typical front running uneducated loser you are”

    I’m not the one calling names on the level of a 7 year old. You may be “educated” but you mentally never progressed past the grade school schoolyard bully mentality.

  51. ibillwt says: Sep 17, 2016 5:13 AM

    ala Hines Ward. Two great players.

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