LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The NFL fined Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long $7,875 for his role in an altercation that broke out in the second quarter of the Bears’ 42-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday, Long confirmed on Wednesday.
With 8:59 left in the first half, Bears quarterback Josh McCown threw an incomplete pass that bounced in the direction of fullback Tony Fiammetta and scooped up by St. Louis cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Because none of the officials blew a whistle, Fiammetta grabbed Johnson’s facemask as the Rams’ defender attempted to advance the ball up field.
Further up the field, Long went after St. Louis defensive end William Hayes near the Rams’ sideline and had to be restrained by several players, including Long’s older brother Chris, a star defensive end for the Rams who left his team’s bench to try to break up the fight.
Long received a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty but was not ejected from the game. He did not elaborate on what sparked the incident when speaking with reporters in the postgame locker room, but did apologize via his official Twitter account (@Ky1eLong).
“I want to apologize to the fans for losing my cool today,” Long tweeted on Sunday. “Not a representation of the person that I am or the Bears. Shouldn’t happen.”
Long, the Bears' 2013 first round draft choice, has started all 11 games this season at right guard.