Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/2/12
Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte was fined $21,000 for making contact to Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell's head during their game last Sunday. Conte told ESPN Chicago that he thought it was a practical joke. "I didn't think it was real," he said after practice Friday. "I thought it was a prank. Then I realized it wasn't a prank very quickly. It hurts a lot." Since Conte makes about $27,500 per game, the fine cost him nearly a week's pay. He said he will appeal the fine. "I love football so I don't mind (the fine), but I'd like to get paid," he said. "That's a big chunk of money that I make. I think it's kind of unfair to fine a guy that's on his rookie contract that much money, but hopefully they will look at it and get it reduced." The fine was for hitting a defenseless player in the head. Conte was also penalized on the play. "I'm Conte's coach, so I was little surprised they called it," coach Lovie Smith said. "But they explained it and now that they explain...
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