Julius Peppers fined $10,000 for hit on Aaron Rodgers
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has been fined $10,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the NFC championship game Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Rodgers told Peter King of SI.com that he was saved from what would have been his third concussion of the season on that hit by a new helmet he's wearing.
"That was lucky,'' Rodgers said. "As much as the new helmet feels uncomfortable and I'm still getting used to it, I'm really happy I was wearing it on that hit.''
Peppers' hit, for which he drew a flag, wasn't vicious, but the league is cracking down on dangerous hits this year and a fine seemed inevitable.
"It hurt, I can tell you that,'' Rodgers said of the hit. "He hit me pretty good. I know what a concussion feels like. I'm just grateful this wasn't hard enough to give me another one.''
| January 27, 2011; 10:55 AM ET
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