NFL fines Harris after late hit is reviewed

Updated: December 9, 2006, 11:18 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |

Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris has been fined $7,500 by the NFL for two incidents of overaggressive play in the third quarter of last Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

 Chris Harris

During a six-minute stretch of the quarter, the second-year veteran was penalized for a personal foul, and also kicked an unidentified Minnesota player during a special teams play. The latter play was undetected during the game, and did not draw a file, but was cited by league officials during their routine wide review of the contest.

The personal foul occurred on a third-and-five play from the Minnesota 35-yard line. Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson completed a pass to tailback Mewelde Moore, who gained 24 yards to the Chicago 41-yard line. Harris hit Moore late, eliciting the penalty, and moving the ball to the Chicago 26-yard line.

League officials did not elaborate on the incident in which Harris allegedly kicked a Vikings player.

The $7,500 fine, which is fairly standard in such incidents, is believed to be the first levied against Harris. It is not known if he will appeal.

The NFL also fined San Francisco safety Keith Lewis $5,000 for a facemask penalty against New Orleans tailback Reggie Bush in the 49ers' loss to the Saints last week.

On a third-quarter run by Bush, in which he gained no yards, Lewis grabbed and yanked his facemask. Because the play occurred at the San Francisco 8-yard line, the foul resulted in just a 4-yard penalty. Three plays after the penalty, Bush scored on a 5-yard reception.

League officials determined during film review that the penalty was a flagrant foul, warranting a fine.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for