The NFL added insult to injury for Brandon McGowan as the veteran safety will have to cough up $5,000 for playing in what could be his final game as a Bear.
The league fined him for unnecessary roughness, striking an opponent late, for his actions after Brandon Lloyd had returned Darrell McClover's blocked punt nine yards for a touchdown in the first quarter last Sunday at Carolina. He drew a 15-yard penalty on the play.
McGowan was officially placed on injured reserve today and if he has not already had surgery on his left ankle to repair ligament damage, he will soon. McGowan was a restricted free agent and returned to the Bears for $1.417 million. Considering this is his third serious injury--he previously had a torn ACL and a ruptured Achilles tendon--it is somewhat unlikely the team will look to bring him back. However, the Bears have stuck with Mike Brown, whose injury history is just as detailed.
McGowan can appeal the fine.