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Jon Bostic Fined $21K for Big Hit: Report

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CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 09: Jonathan Bostic #57 of the Chicago Bears intercepts a pass thrown by Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during a preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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The hit Jon Bostic put on San Diego’s Mike Willie during last week’s pre-season game made national headlines. Every NFL pundit was talking about Bostic’s technique and potential. Unfortunately, it also caught the eye of the league office. Lance Briggs tweeted Bostic was fined for the hit.

Briggs, who has been mentoring Bostic, was surprised that the league would fine Bostic for his hit, but that the hit that wrecked Miami’s Dustin Keller’s knee would be considered clean.

With the NFL’s focus on preventing head injuries, they often fine players who lead with the crown of the head and aim for the head. Bostic did that in the hit. The result was clean, but the fine isn’t unprecedented.

The message to defenders is clear. Aim low. While this may prevent concussions, it may also result in more ugly leg injuries.

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