The notoriety of the football Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall threw deep into the stands at Soldier Field in Chicago's 21-13 loss to Green Bay in Week 15 increased by the end of the week.
Marshall was fined $5,250 for his effort, with the league citing concerns for fan safety and not wanting to create fights for possession of the ball amongst fans, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hit Marshall at the Packers' 10, and after a nice stiff-arm and some outstanding blocking, Marshall scored to put the Bears up 7-0 in the second quarter. Running through the end zone, Marshall, who had choice words for the Packers heading into the game, jumped and launched the ball into the crowd.
The amount is standard for that kind of infraction.
Green Bay got the best of Marshall and the Bears, though, clinching the NFC North with the victory. Chicago, losers of five of its last six games, face Arizona in a road game between two of the coldest teams in the NFL. The Bears, who were 7-1 at the halfway point, stand at 8-6, trail Minnesota by a tiebreaker for the NFC's final wild card spot.