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Source: Brandon Meriweather fined

Updated: October 6, 2011, 10:59 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather was fined $20,000 for his helmet-to-helmet shot on Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith during Chicago's 34-29 win on Sunday, according to a league source.

The NFL won't officially release information on fines until Friday. It's the second fine for the safety in as many seasons.

The league fined Meriweather $50,000 last year for a pair of helmet-to-helmet hits on Ravens safety Todd Heap. After an appeal by Meriweather, ...

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