Tommie Harris' fumble in the second quarter last Sunday proved to be more costly than originally thought.
Just ask Brian Urlacher, who was zapped by the NFL this week, fined $20,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, a league spokesman said.
Urlacher drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after Harris had recovered Jerious Norwood's fumble at the Bears' 23-yard line and then inexplicably coughed the ball up, turning it back over to the Falcons. Replays showed Harris was attempting to lateral the ball to teammates. He claimed he was trying to get up and run with the ball.
The Bears called for a replay challenge, insisting Harris was down by contact, and lost. Urlacher said something to an official and was penalized. That moved the ball to the Bears' 12-yard line and helped lead to Jason Elam's 32-yard field goal that put Atlanta ahead 9-0.
It's not the first time Urlacher has been fined by the league. His most costly one came in April 2007 when he was docked $100,000 for unapproved headware at Media Day before Super Bowl XLI.
It's a big fine for just popping off to an official, larger than you get for a lot of physical actions on the field that draw fines. For instance, Tampa Bay right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was fined $5,000 for punching Adewale Ogunleye in the head after the Week 3 meeting at Soldier Field.
Urlacher isn't the only player to be fined for mouthing off on the field last week. St. Louis offensive lineman Richie Incognito was docked $25,000 for verbal abuse.