Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore finally heard back from the league regarding his role in the on-field altercation that took place this past Sunday. After being thrown to the turf by Lions QB Matthew Stafford, Moore retaliated by hitting Detroit’s quarterback while he was still on the ground. This instigated a brawl between the two clubs.
As punishment, the NFL today levied a $15,000 fine on Moore. He will not appeal the fine.
Stafford was fined $7,500 for his part. G Rob Sims was also fined $7,500 for piling on late in the scrum.
Moore hurt his ankle in Wednesday’s practice and will not play this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. It’s still unclear as to who will replace him at the nickel cornerback position. The team could insert Corey Graham, who has very little experience on defense, or shift Tim Jennings into the slot, placing Zack Bowman on the edge.
Whatever the solution, Moore’s presence on the field will be missed. He leads all Bears corners in interceptions (3) and has been very effective as a blitzer as well.
Tillman still lacks respect
After shutting down Detroit all-world wide receiver Calvin Johnson last week, folks are again beginning to wonder why Bears CB Charles Tillman isn’t included in the conversation as one of the best corners in the league. Tillman held Johnson to just 81 yards on seven catches, and zero touchdowns – only the second time all year Megatron has gone a game without a score. In addition, “P-Nut” picked up his first interception of the season, which he promptly returned 44 yards for a touchdown.
“He never has gotten the recognition he deserves,” Brian Urlacher said. “He doesn’t really say much about it. He just goes out there and does his job.”
Tillman’s interception return for a TD was the fourth of his career, tying him for the most in Bears history with Mike Brown and Bennie McRae. His 28 career interceptions are fourth most in the history of the organization.
“I think P-Nut is playing at an All Pro level,” said Lance Briggs. “I think P-Nut should have been in the Pro Bowl years ago.”
He’s been a fixture for Chicago’s defense since 2003, yet has never earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. For his part, Tillman isn’t too worried about the lack of accolades.
“It’d be nice to go [to the Pro Bowl] but I think I’ll get there when the time is right,” Tillman said. “If I continue to keep grinding, continually pay the price, I think it’ll happen.”
Saints force Bears’ hand with Henry
The New Orleans Saints attempted to sign guard Ricky Henry off Chicago’s practice squad yesterday. The Bears are high on Henry and did not want to let him go. As a result, the team signed him to the active roster, filling the void left when Chris Williams was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury.
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