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Bears linebacker says he will appeal $15,750 penalty

(MCT) — CHICAGO — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune he was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle Sunday on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The play occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 28-10 victory at Soldier Field. Urlacher corralled Peterson near the sideline after a screen pass and then was slapped with a 15-yard penalty.

As Urlacher watched the replay on the scoreboard, he shook his head in disbelief and muttered “that’s bull.”

When asked if he would appeal the fine, he said, “Oh yes, for sure appealing.”

The eight-time Pro Bowler won an appeal after a hit on then-Colts tight end Dallas Clark during an exhibition in 2005.

Urlacher wasn’t the only Bears defender to receive a fine after Sunday’s game. Defensive tackle Henry Melton told the Tribune he was fined $8,000, likely rounding up the normal amount, for grabbing Peterson’s face mask in the third quarter.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was slapped with a $21,000 fine for his blind-side hit on Bears right guard Lance Louis. Louis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after the hit and is out for the rest of the season.

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