ADRIAN WILSON FINED $25,000 FOR TRENT EDWARDS HIT
Posted by Michael David Smith on October 10, 2008, 1:23 p.m. EDT
The NFL has come down hard on Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson for drilling Bills quarterback Trent Edwards on Sunday.
Per Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Wilson was fined $25,000 for roughing the passer.
Although Wilson wasn’t penalized on the play, which occurred directly in front of referee Jerome Boger, Schefter reports that the NFL told Wilson he unnecessarily drove the passer to the ground, violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12 (2) of the NFL Official Playing Rules.
That rule states: “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up or cradle the passer with the defensive player’s arms.”
And if Wilson thinks that fine is steep, Schefter reports that it could be even worse: The league noted in its letter to Wilson that he was fined twice in 2007, once for a late hit and once for a horse collar tackle, and that “future infractions can lead to increased disciplinary action.”