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Vikings 'significantly disciplined' George Edwards for DWI charge

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings said Tuesday that defensive coordinator George Edwards was "significantly disciplined" by the team after being charged with fourth-degree DWI in May.

Edwards, who Game Amari Cooper Jersey was pulled over on May 21 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and charged with three misdemeanors -- fourth-degree DWI, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and careless driving -- pleaded guilty to the third charge on Aug. 30. His blood-alcohol content at the time of the citation was 0.11, over Minnesota's legal limit of 0.08.

Edwards was placed on one year of probation beginning Aug. 30 and fined $1,000, attended a Mothers Against Drunk Driving impact panel and received a chemical dependency evaluation the same day. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said Edwards would not be disciplined by the league, saying, "The team made us aware of the incident and the discipline it imposed as a result."

The Vikings said in a statement that Edwards -- who joined the team in 2014 after Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach -- notified the team immediately after the incident.

But again, it didn't have to happen.

Carolina http://www.authenticfootballs.com/amari-cooper-jersey-c-1_1054_1076... still has about $7 million in unused cap space because it couldn't reach a long-term deal with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, who was deemed more valuable than Norman because Gettleman loves the big men, whom he calls "hog mollies.''

But without players like Norman on the back end, even Short's numbers are suffering. He has only one sack in six games after having a team-best 11 a year ago. The lack of pressure up front is putting too much pressure on the secondary.

Of course, Short won't tell you the Panthers miss Norman any more than Rivera will.

"What type of question is that, man?" Short said after Sunday's loss. "One individual doesn't make this team. As far as missing Josh, we're not jumping on the train as far as being sad that he's gone."

But statistics alone will tell you the Panthers should be sad. Over the past three games, they have surrendered the two highest passing yardage totals in team history.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan completed 28 of 37 pass attempts for 503 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-33 victory at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 11. New Orleans' Drew Brees completed 34 of 49 attempts for 465 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 41-38 victory.

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