Jon Bostic fined $21,000 for hit in Bears-Chargers game, Lance Briggs tweets

August 21, 2013

This is unrelated to Jon Bostic, but the Bears had some problems with their inflatable bear in the tunnel before the game against the Chargers. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

Jon Bostic’s highlight-worthy tackle is going to cost him $21,000.

That’s how much the Chicago Bears rookie linebacker has been fined for his hit on San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie on Thursday night.

His teammate, Lance Briggs, revealed the news and added his own commentary in tweets Wednesday morning:

Briggs was referring to the low hit that knocked Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller out for the season with a devastating, gruesome knee injury. Bostic was not flagged on his hit, but replay shows helmet-to-helmet contact on a defenseless receiver. (Judge for yourself by watching a clip of the play here.)

For Bostic, the contact was especially expensive with the fine, according to the Chicago Tribune, representing more than five percent of Bostic’s $405,000 base pay. Bostic can appeal it and take a bit of consolation in his teammates’ raves about his play.

“Kind of looked Lance Briggs-esque,” defensive end Corey Wootton told the Tribune. “Everyone was saying, ‘That’s mini Lance over there.’ It was a heck of a hit by him.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · August 21, 2013