Thomas fined $5,000 for Edwards hit

Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas has been fined $5,000 for his fourth-quarter roughing-the-passer penalty on Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, the NFL confirmed. Thomas was fined for unnecessarily slamming Edwards to the ground after the whistle.

Thomas told Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe that he planned to appeal the fine.

"I don't know, either you got to have a fast whistle or the guy is going to get taken to the ground," Thomas told Gasper. "I didn't think I slammed him to the ground, nothing like that. Right before I got ready to swing him down or whatever, or tackle him, my feet are off the ground and I'm on his back kind of. You don't really know what to do. You're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do you let the guy go and let him throw the ball?"

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork was not fined for his third-quarter roughing-the-passer penalty against Edwards.