Bengals safety George Iloka lost his appeal on Jermichael Finley hit

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals safety George Iloka lost his appeal after being fined for a hit on Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.

According to a conversation that ESPN beat writer Coley Harvey had with safety George Iloka, the second-year safety lost his appeal after being fined for a hit on Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. According to Harvey, while Iloka lost his appeal, his fine was reduced from $15,000 to $10,000.

He was fined for this hit in week four.

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"He was coming at me head first and I was just trying to make a play on the ball and knock it out with my hand and his head happened to hit my lower bicep area and caused a concussion," the second-year safety said last month.

"You can’t do anything but let them catch the ball," Iloka said. "Unless there’s a new rule that you have to let players catch the ball, you just have to eat that fine. I’d rather take whatever the fine is than let a guy make a big catch on third-and-whatever."

Even Finley was surprised that Iloka was fined.

"I thought it was a great hit," Jermichael Finley said via Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I didn't think it was dirty at all. That's my opinion. If I was the safety, I'd do the same thing. It's a part of the game."

"I was a little surprised (that Iloka got fined), but you know how the league works and how they do their fines," Finley said. "But I was surprised that he got hit (with a fine). I thought it was a clean hit."

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