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Brian Urlacher plans to appeal fine

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Linebacker Brian Urlacher and quarterback Jay Cutler are among the
Chicago Bears who were fined by the NFL for their actions during a victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Cutler was fined $10,000 for flipping the ball to the Vikings' A.J. Jefferson after Cutler stiff-armed the cornerback during a scramble. Cutler was flagged for taunting, costing the Bears 15 yards and a potential touchdown.


"It took some points off the board," Cutler said Monday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think we got a field goal there and we could have had seven. Four points gone, and I've got to be smarter than that. If anyone else on offense had done that I would have probably yelled at him like it can't happen here. I can't do it again obviously."

Urlacher said he will appeal a $15,750 fine for a
horse-collar tackle on the Vikings' Adrian Peterson. Urlacher chased Peterson to the sideline on a screen pass and took him down, drawing a 15-yard penalty on the play during the fourth quarter of the Bears' 28-10 victory.

"Oh yes, for sure appealing," Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune.

Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was fined $7,875 for grabbing Peterson's facemask. Receiver/kick returner Eric Weems was also fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.

Sunday's game also proved costly for Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. He was fined $21,000 for his blindside hit on Lance Louis that ended the season for the Bears guard, who injured his ACL.

"Just making a block on an interception," Allen said Thursday. "Like I said before, it was never my intention to hurt a guy. I feel bad that he got hurt. That's obviously never my intention. But (Antoine Winfield)'s coming up the sideline to make a play. I blocked the guy, and sometimes bad things happen."

Information from ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.