Updated: September 30th, 2011 4:02pm
Chad Greenway fined $7,500 for horse-collar tackle against Detroit

Chad Greenway fined $7,500 for horse-collar tackle against Detroit

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Chad Greenway was upset officials called him for a horse-collar tackle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Detroit, so the Minnesota Vikings' strongside linebacker surely wasn't pleased when he got a letter from the NFL about the play either.

A league spokesman said on Friday that Greenway was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Greenway appeared to grab Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew by the front of the jersey on the play, but he did reach inside the collar. He complained to officials after the play and during the next stoppage in play, to no avail.

It's the second time a Vikings player has been fined for a horse-collar tackle this season. Safety Eric Frampton was fined $15,000 for a more blatant infraction in the season opener at San Diego.

Lions safety Eric Wendling was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness (unnecessarily struck an opponent in the head and neck are with his forearm).

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In this story: Eric Frampton, Chad Greenway