After handing out a $7,500 fine to Kyle Vanden Bosch yesterday for a late hit during the Lions-Bears game Sunday, the NFL thought to itself, “why stop there?” Shortly after that fine, the NFL also fined Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett $10,000 for wearing orange shoes.
Today, however, several more fines were handed out by the league — $45,000 worth actually. The fines include:
- Lions Matthew Stafford: $7,500 for his take-down of D.J. Moore by the back of his helmet
- Bears D.J. Moore: $15,000 for his retaliation attack on Stafford, which led to a mini-brawl and an ejection
- Bears Rob Sims: $7,500 for “jumping on the pile late” according to Dave Birkett of the Free Press
- Lions Nick Fairley: $15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Jay Cutler
Ndamukong Suh, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers did not receive fines despite early speculation that they might.
Suh knocked Cutler’s helmet off on a hit, but the NFL deemed it clean. And Briggs and Peppers both laid hard shots on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, but the NFL deemed both of those clean, too — even though Briggs was given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.