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No fine for Vikings' Griffen after hitting Cutler in head

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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was not fined this week for hitting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the head at the Metrodome last Sunday, according to a league source.

In the fourth quarter, Cutler was being dragged down by defensive end Jared Allen when Griffen struck him in the helmet, bending his neck violently backward.

Cutler stayed in the game for the remainder of the Bears' drive. But on their next possession, Cutler was replaced by Jason Campbell while he sat out with neck stiffness. Cutler later said he was experiencing spasms on the left side of his neck.

Griffen was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but a holding penalty on Bears left tackle J'Marcus Webb negated it.

Cutler got up slowly and was looked at by Bears staff. There were concerns that Cutler may have suffered his second concussion of the season, but he took took nine more snaps and never left the sideline when his neck stiffened. He finished 22-for-44 for 260 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Despite suffering neck and knee injuries against the Vikings, Cutler will play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. As far as Cutler's knee injury, Lovie Smith stressed that it wasn't serious. The neck injury always has been a bigger concern for him and the Bears.

"What knee?" Smith said. "Believe me. I know there was a guy that reported that there was a problem with the knee, but there is no problem with the knee. Jay's good to go. We're hoping he'll play the best game he's ever been able to play."

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