Minnesota Vikings defensive end Al Baker says he'll appeal a $10,000 fine by the National Football League for a late hit on Chicago quarterback Mike Tomczak in the final game of the regular season. Baker said Monday he's asked for a hearing before NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Earlier, Rozelle suspended Baker for one game without pay for poking Philadelphia Eagles tackle Ron Heller in the eye during a game Sept. 25. That suspension cost Baker one week's pay, about $20,000.