Earl Bennett wears orange cleats again, gets fined again

The NFL informed Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett the fine for wearing orange cleats that did not conform with the uniform code would be doubled if he broke it again.

That’s just what happened.

A week after being fined $5,000 for wearing orange cleats in a Monday night game at Philadelphia, Bennett was fined $10,000 for wearing the same cleats in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. So, Bennett is now into the league for $15,000.

Bennett went ahead and wore the orange cleats again after teammates urged him to do so. He wanted to make a splash after missing five games with a chest injury. Quarterback Jay Cutler said on the radio he was paying for Bennett’s fine, something that would be a violation of NFL policies.

“That’s the rumor,” Cutler said Wednesday when asked about the matter again.

Well, is it true?

“I don’t know,” Cutler said. “I don’t think we need to get into it. A brilliant article was written a couple days ago that I can’t pay it, so me and Earl will work something up.”

Will we see Bennett sporting the orange kicks again this Sunday when the Bears host the San Diego Chargers?

“Those things are done,” Cutler said. “We’re going to put those away for a while.”

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