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Shamar Stephen, Eric Wilson nailed with fines from London game

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Two Minnesota defenders are a bit lighter in the wallet

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Thank goodness that the bye week is almost over for the Minnesota Vikings, because I’m darn near out of stuff to write about that isn’t directly related to the cage match that the team’s quarterback situation is going to turn into here in a few days.

But, we can tell you that a couple of members of the Minnesota defense received FedEx envelopes in their lockers from the NFL this week as a result of their actions in last week’s game in London against the Cleveland Browns.

Linebacker Eric Wilson was docked $12,154 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew. He got that penalty for pulling bodies off of a pile-up that happened when Cleveland punt returner Bryce Treggs muffed a catch attempt in Cleveland territory that the Vikings wound up recovering.

Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen is also a little lighter in the wallet this week, as he was fined $9,115 for a face mask penalty he committed. The penalty happened on Cleveland’s only scoring drive of the second half, as the penalty pushed the Browns into Minnesota territory on a drive they ultimately converted into a field goal.

I don’t think either of these guys are going to need to set up a GoFundMe or anything, but they did get docked a bit this past week. Never good for any player, particularly guys that aren’t that well-paid.