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If the high price of fashion hasn't kept Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett from sporting the orange cleats he has worn in back-to-back wins, a possible ejection might.
Bennett's day-glow spikes made their season debut in Chicago's Week 10 victory in Philadelphia and were again on display in a winning effort this past Sunday. He was fined $5,000 the first time he wore them and was informed he will be fined $10,000 for this past week's violation of the league's uniform policy.
Bennett told ESPN 1000's "Football Night in Chicago," on Tuesday that the fine for wearing them this week against San Diego will be $15,000 and $20,000 the following week. "After that I've heard that they are going to call (a) delay of game and maybe kick me out of the game," Bennett said.
Bennett's cleats matched the Bears' alternate orange uniforms on Sunday. He was hoping, to no avail, that the improved color coordination could help him skirt a second league fine.
"They said it didn't go with the uniform, so it was a violation of the dress code," he said.
He was unsure up until game time if he would wear the cleats against Detroit but committed to them after encouragement from teammates.
"All week I didn't practice in them," Bennett said. "Usually the shoe I practice in I normally play in, but they were in my locker and I asked (his teammates) 'Should I wear the orange shoes again?' One of them was like 'Most definitely, I'll take care of it.' So that's how it went down."
Bennett was noncommittal about whether or not he would wear the festive spikes in Week 12. When asked about covering the mounting fines, he replied, "I'll be fine."
Bennett has 14 catches for 196 yards and a touchdown on the season. He missed five games due to a chest injury he suffered against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.