Report: NFL fines Bears' Bennett for wearing orange cleats

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The NFL's fashion police came down hard on Earl Bennett.

The Bears wide receiver told ESPNChicago.com that the league fined him $10,500 for wearing orange cleats Monday night during Chicago's 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions.

Twice last year, Bennett was fined for violating the league's uniform policy by wearing the orange cleats. ESPNChicago.com reported that Bennett was told by the league he could be subject to a delay-of-game penalty and ejection if he wore the orange cleats for a third consecutive game.

He hadn't worn the distinctive footwear again until Monday, when he made the decision to do so at the last minute.

"It actually came about when I walked in the locker room (before the game), and because I had them in my bag, and I wasn't sure if I was going to wear them," Bennett told the website. "Then Brandon Marshall was like, 'Let's wear them.' So I just put them on. I probably wouldn't have worn them if he wouldn't have agreed to it."

According to the report, Marshall also sported orange cleats in the game, but he was uncertain whether he'd be fined.

Bennett said he would appeal the fine because he was wearing pink shoelaces in accordance with the league's breast-cancer-awareness drive in October.

Bennett had three catches for 27 yards in the game, while Marshall caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
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