Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills (67) blocks Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. The Lions won 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fines Friday: Detroit Lions' Rocky McIntosh Fined, Bears Clear

Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals guard Paul Fanaika (74) and tackle Eric Winston (73) talk with Detroit Lions linebacker Rocky McIntosh (52) after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Since this appears to be a continuing issue for the Detroit Lions, welcome to the first installment of NFL Fines Friday, where we review the notable fines (and non-fines) from the previous week of NFL action, and (presumably) all argue about them in the comments.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz took special exception to the hit Bears linebacker Jon Bostic laid on a prone Kris Durham.

Durham had covered up a Bears onside kick and slid to the ground, giving himself up to avoid a hit. He was rewarded with Bostic’s helmet in his back. The play wasn’t flagged, which in the context of the game at that point was irrelevant, which led Schwartz to sound off about it.

So the NFL can’t say they didn’t know about it. But with whatever rationale, the league has opted not to fine Bostic, nor Bears safety Major Wright for a perceived helmet shot to Calvin Johnson.

They did, however, get Rocky McIntosh for a horse-collar tackle.

That’s a pretty standard fine for a 15-yard penalty, and the NFL is getting serious about horse-collar tackles. But they’re also serious about late hits and helmet shots, so the fact that McIntosh’s was the only fine from that game is, at the very least, puzzling.

Bostic was, however, fined $21,000 for this hit in the preseason. So, I don’t know, you be the judge. What’s the rationale here?

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