Earlier this week, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that the Lions defense played “borderline illegal” football during last Sunday’s 21-19 victory over the Bears.
According to the NFL, the Lions crossed that borderline twice during the game. Defensive linemen Nick Fairley and Willie Young said Thursday that they have both been fined $15,750 by the league for hits on Bears quarterback Josh McCown in the fourth quarter.
Fairley was fined for unnecessary roughness for a hit on McCown after McCown threw a pass while Young was disciplined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Bears’ first attempt at a two-point conversion with 40 seconds left to play in the game.
“It is what it is,” Young said, via the Detroit News. “I guess it comes along with the territory. Does that mean I’m going to let up? No.”
The Lions defense will be not letting up against the Steelers this weekend.