Two veteran Chicago Bears defenders, cornerback Charles Tillman and weakside linebacker Lance Briggs, have been fined a total of $12,500 for what the league deemed illegal hits in the Bears' 20-13 loss to Minnesota on Monday night.
In a move that has been anticipated much of the week, Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb will start in place of the injured Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, sources said late Saturday night.
Finally filling their need for a veteran presence on the quarterback depth chart, the Minnesota Vikings acquired much-traveled Kelly Holcomb from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a sixth-round choice in the 2008 draft.
Although he has not yet been notified in writing, Vikings linebacker Heath Farwell has been fined $7,500 by the league for a hit on Rams quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in last Friday night's preseason opener.
Defensive ends Phillip Daniels of the Washington Redskins and Ray Edwards of the Minnesota Vikings were each fined $5,000 by the NFL for what was considered illegal or excessive contact against quarterbacks in last week's games.