Campbell avoids fine for now

Wire reports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When; he entered the Vikings' locker room Friday, receiver Kelly Campbell peeked at his stall to see if he had received a package from the NFL notifying him of a fine for taunting Sunday.

"It wasn't there," Campbell said as he left Winter Park. "They might not have got me."

But Campbell might not be in the clear just yet. A league spokesman said Campbell hadn't been fined as of Friday, but he made clear that the matter isn't closed.

In the fourth quarter against Houston, Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss. As Culpepper walked toward the sideline, doing his traditional roll, Campbell stepped onto the field and mirrored Culpepper's celebration.


Campbell drew a 15-yard penalty for taunting, and he drew the ire of Vikings coach Mike Tice, who on Monday said he hoped his excitable receiver would be fined as much as possible by the NFL.

This wasn't a first for Campbell; he was fined $5,000 in the season opener against Dallas for "prolonged, excessive or premeditated celebration," following his 43-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Campbell escaped a fine Friday, but a teammate, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, did not. Williams was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. In the fourth quarter Sunday, Williams landed on Houston quarterback David Carr. There was helmet-to-helmet contact, and Carr writhed in pain because his head slammed against the turf.

Williams was not available for comment Friday.

Texans linebacker Jamie Sharper was fined $7,500 for "helmet-to-helmet contact with the quarterback while the quarterback was attempting a pass and in a defenseless position."

ETC.: Tight end Jermaine Wiggins is expected to return to the Vikings' lineup Sunday night after missing two games with a broken left hand. Wiggins, who underwent minor surgery three weeks ago to reset the fractured bone, was upgraded to probable Friday. He will wear a brace against the Saints.…; Tice said running back Moe Williams practiced well.…; Tice will be the honorary commissioner at the Special Olympics draft party Oct. 19 at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley.

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