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Updated: October 4th, 2012 12:31pm
Vikings' Chad Greenway will appeal $21K fine for hit on Calvin Johnson

Vikings' Chad Greenway will appeal $21K fine for hit on Calvin Johnson

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway knew he was going to be fined for his illegal hit on star receiver Calvin Johnson. His hope was it wouldn't be this much.

Greenway confirmed on Thursday the NFL fined him roughly $21,000 and he plans to appeal.

The play happened early in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' win in Detroit on Sunday, when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tried to hit Johnson on a drag route.

Greenway said after the game he "tried to" pull up, but replays showed his shoulder connected in Johnson's head/neck area after the ball glanced past.

"You feel bad about that," Greenway said after the game. "Obviously, I don't want to get a penalty, for starters, to hurt our team. I certainly don't want to get a fine, because my wife will yell at me. And I don't want to hurt Calvin. I don't want to hurt anybody.

"For me, as a player, I'm thinking, he's going to catch that ball 99 percent of the time. He didn't that time, so when I go up to try to break the ball up, my pad -- it's clear on the tape that it hits his head. What are you going to do? They're going to throw the flag and I'm probably going to be assessed a fine and that's just the way they're going to do it."

The fine actually will cost Greenway even more. Not only is it taken out of his next paycheck after taxes, he said he owes his wife an apology gift, too.

Greenway will be OK. His base salary this season is $5.9 million, meaning his weekly paychecks are worth $347,059.

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