Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield will be making a significant contribution to charity this Christmas. Unfortunately for him, it won’t be voluntary.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Winfield was fined a total of $17,500 for two actions that violated league rules during Monday night’s 40-14 loss to the Bears.
For putting his helmet into the chin of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Winfield was fined $7,500. The other $10,000 fine comes from a uniform violation involving the height of Winfield’s socks.
Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, tells Fowler that Winfield plans to appeal the fine for the helmet hit on Cuter. Though Winfield wasn’t flagged for the maneuver, and despite the fact that he immediately pulled up once he realized what he had done, he definitely put his helmet into the chin of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
If anything, Winfield should be glad the fine wasn’t higher than $7,500. Lately, the default amount for hits to the head of quarterbacks has been $15,000.