NEW YORK (AP) - Bears safety Chris Conte has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for striking Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell in the head and neck area when LaFell was defenseless.
Conte made the hit in Chicago's 23-22 victory over Carolina last Sunday. The league announced the fine Friday, and Conte has appealed.
Fined $15,750 were Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour, Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty, Jets linebacker Marcus Dowtin and Titans rookie defensive tackle Mike Martin.
Seymour was docked for roughing Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, hitting him after a pass was thrown and knocking Cassel to the ground. Canty was fined for striking Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with the crown of his helmet.
Dowtin's hit to the head area of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore got him fined and Martin used his helmet to strike Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck in the shoulder.
Fined $10,000 was Dolphins rookie tackle Jonathan Martin for clipping against the Jets.
Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen and Tampa Bay tackle Donald Penn were fined $7,875 each for pulling one another's face masks.
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