The National Football League has levied a fine of $7,875 to Chicago Bears rookie guard Kyle Long for his role in Sunday's skirmish against St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune was first to report the fine.
Following a first-quarter play, Long and Hayes got into a pushing match, which resulted in Hayes on his back. Long then attempted to kick the fallen defensive linemen, yet his older brother - Rams defensive end Chris Long, who came off the sidelines to interject - pulled him back far enough to where the kick didn't land. If it had, he would have been ejected from the game and possibly suspended.
Long took to Twitter after the game to apologize for his actions:
"I want to apologize to the fans for losing my cool today. Not a representation of the person that I am or the Bears. Shouldn't happen."
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