As the Vikings hold on to a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen won’t be holding on to the full amount of his future game checks.
Griffen, fined this week for a questionable roughing-the-passer call for a hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, hit Bears quarterback Jay Cutler helmet-to-helmet.
The penalty was offset by a blatant holding penalty by the Bears, who had defensive end Jared Allen around the neck.
Although the hit to Cutler’s head was arguably unavoidable, since he was falling as Griffen closed in, Griffen still led with his helmet. Defenseless players, including quarterbacks while throwing a pass, can’t be hit in the helmet or with a helmet.
Cutler, who appeared to be shaken up, wasn’t removed from the game for a concussion test. He arguably should have been.
UPDATE 3:55 p.m. ET: Cutler has left the game. He apparently received a concussion test. After the drive ended.