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Chris Conte fined $21K

Updated: November 2, 2012, 5:35 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte thought someone was playing a joke on him when he found an email at his locker stall saying he'd been fined $21,000 for contact to the head of Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell last Sunday.

"I didn't think it was real," Conte said after practice Friday. "I thought it was a prank. Then I realized it wasn't a prank very quickly. It hurts a lot."

It hurts because Conte makes about $27,500 per game. He acknowledged he ...

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