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Friday, October 25, 2013
Brian Orakpo fined for hit

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was fined $15,750 for a personal foul against Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown in Sunday's victory. Orakpo said he will appeal the fine.

The league ruled that Orakpo drove McCown into the ground with excessive force, drawing a 15-yard penalty on a third-down incompletion. Orakpo had come free on a well-designed blitz that resulted in the hit.

Meanwhile, Chicago's Sherrick McManis was not fined for his hit on Redskins safety Reed Doughty during an onsides kick attempt in the second half. Doughty suffered a concussion on the play and is questionable for Sunday's game at Denver.

"I'm going to bring that up at the next meeting because that was one of the most vicious hits I’ve ever seen,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy get hit quite like that -- at that speed at 10 yards and Reed just being completely helpless. I think that will be changed for the safety of the players, but that hasn’t been brought up yet. We all want players’ safety first, but there’s a lot that goes into it as we just talked about.”