Missing meetings costs Manumaleuna big

Brandon Manumaleuna is a good bet to be on time for the Chicago Bears’ team meetings tonight in Dallas.

That is because the veteran missed the Bears’ meetings at the team hotel last Saturday night, a move that cost him a $22,000 fine from the organization. ESPN Chicago first reported the news. Manumaleuna didn’t miss any time in the season opener against the Detroit Lions the next day.

“It was a mistake,” Manumaleuna said.

The veteran doesn’t have a history of issues. In fact, the primary reason the Bears signed him is because offensive coordinator Mike Martz knew what an asset he could be after working with him previously in St. Louis. Manumaleuna signed a five-year contract at the start of free agency that includes $6.1 million guaranteed.

“Do you think I would talk about something that happens internally anyway?” coach Lovie Smith said. “No, we don't talk about things that we handle internally. If there's something I think you guys need to know, I'll let you know right away.”

A source indicated Manumaleuna intends to appeal the fine with help from the players association. The fine represented more than one-third of his check for the week. With a base salary for 2010 of $1.055 million, Manumaleuna's weekly check is a little more than $62,000.

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