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Brandon Meriweather fined $25,000

Updated: October 15, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather received more bad news Friday when an NFL spokesman announced the league has fined him $25,000 for striking an opponent late.

Just a day before, the team informed Meriweather of its plans to move him out of the starting lineup.

Meriweather received a $20,000 fine Oct. 2 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith. Meriweather reportedly said he planned to appeal that fine.

The latest transgression came on Meriweather's ...

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