Earl Bennett wore his orange cleats again on "Monday Night Football." In one of the most predictable stories of the year, he was fined again for it.
The Chicago Bears wide receiver told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday that he was fined $10,500 for wearing the cleats. He was fined twice for the doing the same last year because the NFL ruled it was a violation of the league's uniform policy. Bennett says it wasn't planned ahead of time.
"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 said. "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."
There's a strong chance Marshall was also fined, although that hasn't been confirmed. Last year, Bennett wore the cleats in two straight games. The NFL threatened to eject him and give the Bears a penalty if he did it three straight games. So, uh, we guess Bennett has one game to work with if he's feeling orange again this week against the Carolina Panthers.