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Patriots' Wilfork fined $5,000 for face-mask infraction against Chargers

Updated: January 26, 2008, 11:43 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

For the fourth time this season, New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork has been sanctioned by the league, with the latest instance a $5,000 fine for a face-mask penalty in last week's AFC Championship Game victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Wilfork called the fine -- first reported by The Boston Globe and confirmed by league and team sources -- "ridiculous," and suggested he will appeal the punishment.

"I don't want to get into it [publicly] with the NFL," ...

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