FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was fined for unnecessary roughness on three different plays in the team’s 24-12 victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday — a rare trifecta that will cost him $63,504.
One of the fines was a result of a first-quarter play in which he signaled for a fair catch on a punt but instead blocked safety Siran Neal, who was the first Bills player down the field to cover a punt. Edelman was penalized on the play.
Edelman had been fined $26,739 for the same infraction in the Patriots’ win over the Bills on Oct. 29.
The other two fines from last Sunday were for illegal crack-back blocks.
The three fines on Sunday were for $10,026, $26,739 and $26,739. Edelman has a base salary of $2 million, which means he earns $117,647 in each of the season’s 17 weeks, in addition to having per-game roster bonuses of $31,250.
So he will forfeit about 40 percent of his paycheck for Week 16, pending a possible appeal.
Also, the New York Jets — who finish their season Sunday in New England — were fined $121,925 for various violations in last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, headlined by coach Todd Bowles being docked $25,000 for criticizing the officiating.
In addition to Bowles, defensive lineman Leonard Williams ($43,449, unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct), running back Trent Cannon ($26,737, unnecessary roughness), and cornerback Darryl Roberts ($26,739, unnecessary roughness) were fined.
Information from ESPN’s Rich Cimini was used in this report.