by Brad Biggs
October 14, 02011
The chances Brandon Meriweather will be fined this coming week were reduced when the Chicago Bears benched the veteran safety.
But he’s paying up again for an unnecessary roughness penalty in Monday’s 24-13 loss to the Detroit Lions. The NFL announced Meriweather has been fined $25,000 for a hit after the play at the end of the first half at Ford Field.
It’s the second consecutive week Meriweather has been fined. He was zapped for $20,000 the previous week for a helmet shot on Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. Meriweather was fined $50,000 by the NFL last season for illegal hits in a game against the Baltimore Ravens. That total was reduced to $40,000 after appeal.
The Bears benched Meriweather and fellow veteran safety Chris Harris for this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Meriweather signed a $3.25 million, one-year contract with the Bears the week before the season began when he was let by the New England Patriots. The move is turning into a bust for general manager Jerry Angelo.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle of Lions running back Jahvid Best.
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