Charles Tillman Fined $7,500 for Facemask on Panthers WR Brandon LaFell

Safety Brandon Meriweather wasn’t the only Bears defensive back fined after last week’s game against the Panthers.

Cornerback Charles Tillman received a $7,500 fine for grabbing the facemask of Carolina receiver Brandon LaFell the league said Sunday. Tillman was penalized 15 yards on the play, and the Panthers converted a 38-yard field goal during the third-quarter drive.

Tillman could appeal the fine. The facemask appeared to be inadvertent.

Meriweather was fined $20,000 following a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Steve Smith the play after Tillman’s facemask penalty. Meriweather, a repeat offender, said he plans to appeal the fine. Last season with the Patriots, the safety had a $50,000 fine for multiple hits against the Ravens reduced to $40,000 following an appeal.

Rookie safety Winston Venable is in the process of appealing a $20,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit during the Bears’ exhibition finale versus the Browns.



One thought on “Charles Tillman Fined $7,500 for Facemask on Panthers WR Brandon LaFell

  • October 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    This is becoming pathetic. An incidental face mask is now receiving a fine. How is that possible?

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