By i) Pat Caputo

Of all the fines that have been levied against the Lions, the one assessed to Kyle Vanden Bosch is the most tolerable. He did hit a player when he was down. It was late. He used his helmet, but it didn’t seem intentional as much as overly aggressive. I still don’t see why that merits a fine – Vanden Bosch was flagged for it – but that is the way of the NFL this year.

But to me, the most disturbing hit in Chicago Sunday, the type the NFL is trying to take out of the game, came from Bears’ safety Chris Conte on Lions’ running back Maurice Morris. It was a classic helmet-to-helmet blow that is prototypical of the type that is proving to cause brain trauma for NFL players. It’s unreal the NFL has turned a blind eye to that particular hit, yet fined Vanden Bosch.

We’ll see if the league does fine Conte. There figure to be more fines to come from the Lions-Bears game, which was more than a little nasty.

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