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.”