Bears Rookie Jon Bostic fined $21K by NFL for big hit vs. Chargers
The hit in question likely came during the third-quarter of last Thursday win when Bostic leveled Chargers second-year receiver Mike Willie with a jarring hit to dislodge a potential completed pass. League officials deemed Bostic’s hit in violation of the NFL rules since he took on a defenseless receiver while lowering his head, which could lead to contact with the crown or forehead of his helmet.
“I’m just finding out about it,” Bostic said after he awoke to the surprising news on Wednesday. “I’m just waiting to see what happens. The older guys said they are going to help me through it and to just keep playing how I’m playing.”
In fact, coaches told Bostic that it was a good play. While Bears head coach Marc Trestman acknowledged that it was a violent play, he did not seem to find the hit in violation of league rules.
“I don’t have any reaction. Other than to say that I thought it was a clean hit,” Trestamn said. “His head was up and he hit with his shoulder from my vantage point on the field. And upstairs, looking at it on tape, I thought it was a clean hit. That’s all I really need to say about it.”
If the fine sticks it will cost Bostic around 5 percent of his $405,000 base salary in 2013. Bears’ third-year safety Chris Conte, who also delivered a similar hit against Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell last season, was initially fined $21,000 before having that amount reduced to $10,000. Seeing how Bostic is a first-time offender, he might be treated similarly to have his fine reduced as well.
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