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4 Chicago Bears Fined for Actions During Sunday’s Win Over Minnesota Vikings

December 1st, 2012 at 2:33 PM
By PJ Foti

'Brian Urlacher' photo (c) 2011, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher were among the Chicago Bears that received fines from the NFL for their actions in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Cutler was fined $10,000 by the league for flipping the ball at Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson after a short run in the first quarter.

"It took some points off the board," Cutler said Monday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think we got a field goal there and we could have had seven. Four points gone, and I've got to be smarter than that. If anyone else on offense had done that I would have probably yelled at him like it can't happen here. I can't do it again obviously."

Cutler was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, and made Jefferson look bad on the play by delivering a stiff arm prior to the penalty.

Urlacher was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle that occurred late in the fourth quarter. Urlacher chased Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson up the sideline on a screen pass and was slapped with a 15-yard penalty on the play.

He didn't agree with the call, and when asked if he'd appeal the fine,he said, "Oh yes, for sure appealing."

Aside from the two high-profile fines, defensive tackle Henry Melton was fined $7,875 fro grabbing Peterson's facemask, while wide receiver/special teamer Eric Weems was also hit with a $7,875 fine. Weems' fine was for unnecessary roughness on Jefferson right before Cutler's taunt of Jefferson.

He too, claimed he'd appeal his fine.

"Heck yeah, I’m going to appeal it,’’ he said Friday. "I can’t just give it to them. I’ve got to appeal. They said I hit the guy late, which it was during the play.

"Of course I’m going to contest that once I get the video from them. I don’t see how I hit the guy late. And I didn’t get a penalty, either. So I don’t see how that works.’’

The big fine of the day was still from Vikings' defensive end Jared Allen. His hit cost him $21,000 and ended the season of Chicago guard Lance Louis.

Tags: A.J. Jefferson, Adrian Peterson, Brian Urlacher, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Eric Weems, Football, Henry Melton, Jared Allen, Jay Cutler, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

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