Erik Walden fined $15,000 for a shot on Jay Cutler
Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden has been fined $15,000 for a hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
The penalty on the play negated an interception by cornerback Tramon Williams. Walden hit Cutler high while fellow linebacker Clay Matthews was tackling him low.
“I didn’t lead with my head, I didn’t lunge,” Walden said, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Clay was at the bottom, so I tilted to give (Cutler) a little hit with my shoulder. I was jumping over him but I didn’t land on him or send him to the ground, and I didn’t lead with my head. And I didn’t launch myself into him, so I don’t know.”
Walden can appeal the fine if he would like.
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