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Winfield Fined $7,500 For Hit On Cutler

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has been fined $7,500 for a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night.

Winfield was notified of the fine Thursday. The play happened in the second quarter when Winfield rushed on a blitz. The 5-foot-9 cornerback went to tackle Cutler, and his helmet hit the quarterback in the chin.

Cutler needed stitches to close the wound, but remained in the game. He threw three touchdown passes in a 40-14 victory over the Vikings that clinched the NFC North title for Chicago.

Winfield has long been known as one of the most physical cornerbacks in the league. But he is rarely fined for hits and considered among the league’s most fundamentally sound tacklers.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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