Source: Julius Peppers fined $10K

Updated: January 27, 2011, 12:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was fined $10,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

On Wednesday, Rodgers shot down speculation that he sustained another concussion on the Peppers hit and credited his helmet for potentially preventing another significant head injury.

Rodgers switched helmets after sustaining two concussions earlier this season, although he has been hesitant to share details about how the new helmet might be safer.

"Not too much to talk about," Rodgers said. "I didn't have a concussion. I want to dispel that rumor. No concussion. I was fine. Yeah. Helmets are designed to prevent concussions, I think."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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