Sock it to me: Lions' Louis Delmas fined for wrong footwear
"It is what it is," he said.
Delmas wore blue and black socks with the black covering his shin down to his shoes. He said the NFL requires the Lions to either wear white and blue socks or solid blue.
Breaking the uniform code led the NFL to take the $5,000 directly out of Delmas' check. For game-related fines, players receive a FedEx letter requesting a specified amount.
Delmas isn't the first player to be fined for his wardrobe choices. In 2011, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson and cornerback Eric Wright received fines for their socks.
Bears receiver Earl Bennett received a $10,500 fine last year for wearing orange cleats in Chicago's win over the Lions at Soldier Field.
Delmas said the Lions equipment staff inspects players' uniforms during pre-game warm-ups, but nobody told him to change his black socks.
Delmas (knee) missed practiced Friday, but because he practiced Thursday, he's likely to start for the Lions Sunday in Washington.