Friday, January 3, 2014
A.J. Hawk fined for unflagged hit
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A.J. Hawk's hit on Chicago Bears receiver Marquess Wilson in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game didn’t cost the Green Bay Packers anything on the field, but it cost Hawk $15,780 in the form of a fine from the NFL.
Although it went unpenalized by referee Clete Blakeman’s crew, the NFL deemed that Hawk struck a defenseless player using the crowd of his helmet after Wilson caught a short pass over the middle.
Had the penalty been called, the Bears would have been at the Packers’ 23-yard line. Instead, from the Packers’ 38, the Bears were called for an illegal formation penalty, lost 5-yards on a second-down run and ended up punting.
Bears defensive end Shea McClellin was not penalized for his unnecessary roughness penalty for a late hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter.