LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic was not fined by the NFL for the hit he delivered to Detroit Lions wide receiver Kris Durham as Durham lay on the ground after recovering onside kick in the final minute of the Lions’ Week 4 victory against the Bears at Ford Field, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Bostic was not penalized by the officials for the tackle, but Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz took issue with the hit during his postgame news conference last Sunday.
“Kris Durham made a couple big plays at the end, probably no bigger than recovering the last onside kick,” Schwartz said. “He took a big shot for it, too. We talk a lot about player safety and he’s lying prone on the ground and is getting himself up and takes a helmet right to the back and we don’t get any call there. It’s a little hypocritical to talk about player safety when we allow that to not get called. Kris toughed it out, and he had to hold onto that ball and he did. He did a nice job today”
The league did fine Bostic $21,000 in the preseason for lowering his head and making forcible contact with a defenseless player. Bostic appealed the fine.