FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas said he got a letter from the NFL today indicating he had been fined $5,000 for the roughing-the-passer penalty he received in the Patriots' 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday.
Thomas was flagged in the fourth quarter after he sacked Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards. It was ruled that Thomas unnecessarily and violently slammed Edwards to the ground.
"It is what it is," said Thomas. "I'll appeal it and just go from there. I don't know, either you got to have a fast whistle or the guy is going to get taken to the ground. 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? He is a tough guy then."
That is sort of what happened to Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka in 2006 in a game against the Tennessee Titans. Kiwanuka let Titans QB Vince Young go when he was in his grasp on fourth down. Young scrambled for a first down to keep alive the eventual game-winning drive.
"Right, you've seen Ben Roethlisberger do it all the time," said Thomas. "They have him wrapped up and then he runs out of there because everybody is scared to get a fine. I can't play like that, so like I said I didn't do anything intentional. I didn't hear the whistle, so as far as I knew the play was still going. The next thing I knew I got hit with a flag."