The NFL dipped into the wallet of CB Nathan Vasher this week, docking him $5,000 for a late hit on San DIego QB Philip Rivers in Week 1. The Bears were penalized 15 yards on the play for a late hit, and a levy from the league was expected. Many readers have also wondered about Chargers FB Lorenzo Neal and the hit that ended Mike Brown's season.
Neal was not fined for the play and it did not appear to be malicious in nature. While it certainly looked like holding could have been called on Neal, he's a hard-nosed player with a clean record. Neal's intent was not to injure Brown, whose left knee buckled on the play. Neal was very apologetic after the fact and reached out to the Bears.
“I haven't ever been involved in a play where I tried to hurt someone intentionally,” Neal told the San Diego Union-Tribune earlier in the week. “It wasn't a collar. I talked to Mike Brown. He knows I would never do anything intentionally. That's what happens when you play football. I apologized to him. You never want something like that to happen.”
We'll look for an update on P Brad Maynard and his bothersome groin injury later in the day.