Bears’ Chris Conte can’t fathom how his fine matches Jared Allen’s
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2012 9:34PM
Chris Conte only played six snaps because of an illness against the Seahawks (12/2).
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Updated: January 2, 2013 6:12AM
The inequity of NFL jurisprudence continues to confound Chris Conte.
The second-year Bears safety, still smarting from a $21,000 fine for an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet hit against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 28, was surprised to see Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings get the same fine for his blind-side hit on Lance Louis.
‘‘Definitely. Obviously,’’ said Conte, who has appealed his fine. ‘‘He launched himself. It was obvious he was doing something wrong. He’s targeting the player. It was an unnecessary play.
‘‘My play was a completely different circumstance. It didn’t warrant the same fine that his play got, where he seriously injured someone and took him out for the rest of the season.’’
Louis, the Bears’ top-performing offensive lineman, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is on injured reserve.
‘‘It’s unfortunate for Lance, a guy in his contract year, to get hurt like that, especially the way he’s been playing,’’ Conte said. ‘‘I hope for the best for Lance and that he’s going to get back on the field as soon as possible.’’
But Bears’ injury situation could have been worse after six players were hurt against the Vikings.
Three of them, running back Matt Forte (ankle), cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle) and linebacker Lance Briggs, are listed as probable and are expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks. Tight end Kellen Davis (ankle), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (shoulder) and guard Edwin Williams (shoulder) also are probable.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee), who did not play against the Vikings, is questionable. Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) are out.
A fine mess
Jay Cutler was fined $10,000 for taunting. He tossed the ball to Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson after running out of bounds.
Brian Urlacher was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Adrian Peterson. Henry Melton was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty against Peterson. Eric Weems was fined $7,875 for a late hit on Jefferson.
That’s a total of $41,500 from the game.
Ode to Jack Pardee
You know a subject is dear to Lovie Smith’s heart when the Bears coach addresses it unprompted in his opening remarks to reporters.
On Friday, Smith offered best wishes to former Bears coach Jack Pardee, who is suffering from gall bladder cancer and, according to the Associated Press, is entering a Denver-area hospice.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of great players and coaches come through here that have contributed to what we’ve done in our history. Jack Pardee is one of them,’’ Smith said. ‘‘So our prayers go out to him. I know he’s battling a serious disease, but Jack’s done an awful lot for us and we’re definitely thinking of him.’’
Pardee, 76, was a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams (1957-70) and Washington Redskins (1971-72), missing the 1965 season with melanoma. He coached the Bears from 1975 to ’77. In 1977, the Bears won their last six games to finish 9-5 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1963.