Julius Peppers fined 10 grand for hit on Aaron Rodgers

Julius Peppers will need to work this weekend to pay off some debt.

Fortunately, he has a job Sunday in Honolulu in the Pro Bowl. The Chicago Bears defensive end was fined $10,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field. The fine was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Referee Terry McAulay called a 15-yard penalty on the play and the Bears reacted vehemently. The NFL has clearly sided with McAulay on the matter. The hit led to speculation in Wisconsin that Rodgers has suffered a third concussion this season. He did not.

Peppers will earn $45,000 if the NFC wins the Pro Bowl and $22,500 if they lose the game, more than enough to cover his fine.

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