Everson Griffen escapes fine for hit on Cutler


On Sunday, Florio opined that Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had a fine coming his way after he was penalized for unnecessary roughness while sacking Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Griffen’s teammate Jared Allen was in the process of dragging Cutler to the turf when Griffen hit him high and made contact with his helmet. Cutler remained in the game for the rest of the drive, but he was later replaced by Jason Campbell because of a neck injury that was closely monitored in Chicago this week.

Florio’s powers of prognostication failed him on this one, though. Griffen has not been fined by the NFL for the hit, which is a bit surprising given the normal response to quarterbacks getting hit in the head. Griffen was fined in Week 13 for a hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

One player from the Vikings-Bears game did run afoul of the league, however. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was hit with a $7,875 fine after getting an unnecessary roughness penalty for coming in late on Vikings running back Toby Gerhart.