Devin Hester took the offensive as a wide receiver in the season finale, and it’s going to cost him.
The league announced Friday that Hester was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness stemming from the facemask penalty he was called for at the end of the first quarter. In trying to elude New Orleans Saints cornerback Jason Craft, Hester went to stiff arm him and instead got ahold of the facemask. A 15-yard penalty was called.
That was small compared to what the league delivered to Saints left tackle Jammal Brown. He was fined $25,000 for making impermissable contact with an official following a scrum in the first quarter after Bears linebacker Lance Briggs crunched receiver Marques Colston, resulting in an incomplete pass.
Brown threw a punch in the melee, but wasn’t called for a penalty. Apparently, the league deemed he made contact at some point, resulting in the large fine.