NFL fines Harris after late hit is reviewed
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.
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 ESPN.com.
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