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The Detroit Lions are virtually ensured of being without rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford for Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye will pay for that absence. The NFL has fined Ogunleye $7,500 for unnecessary roughness, ruling that when he spun Stafford to the ground for a sack midway through the fourth quarter he made a horse collar tackle. Ogunleye had the back of Stafford's jersey with his right hand. There was not a penalty called on the play.

Stafford reportedly suffered a dislocated right knee cap, although the injury is not believed to be serious. After missing two days of practice, he reportedly took part in some individual drills today. Still, veteran Daunte Culpepper is expected to start.

Greg Olsen called the hits he received from Pittsburgh safety Tyrone Carter on Sunday clean.

The NFL found differently on one of them.

Carter has been fined $5,000, according to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, for a shot that broke up a long pass from Jay Cutler along the sideline. There was no penalty on the play, and Olsen was slow to get up, explaining he was winded by the hit.

"Unreal," Carter told Brown. "I watched the play over and over and I hit him in the shoulder. The NFL sees something different."

Carter was filling in for injured strong safety Troy Polamalu and actually injured his left thigh on the play.

Olsen said afterward that there was nothing objectionable about the play.

"My head was fine,'' Olsen said. "It was a great hit, he made a great play.

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