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NFL fines 49ers' Ahmad Brooks $15,570 for hit on Drew Brees

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Brooks vehemently argued against the penalty, saying he didn't use his hands or helmet and called it a "bear hug." Brees labeled the hit a clothesline tackle. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh also reiterated Monday he thought the hit was clean.

"Our interpretation was, when we grade a player, if he's got a penalty we give him a minus, but we did not assign a minus on that play," Harbaugh said Monday. "The play occurred that occurred. I thought Ahmad hit at the right level, hit at the shoulder level. The quarterback kind of shrunk down and that's the official's call to make. I'm going to see it the way I see it and that's going to be a slanted view. I really don't know much more to say about that."

The linebacker also was fined $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call against Aaron Rodgers during the season opener against Green Bay.

Brooks declined to speak to reporters Wednesday, when a downpour in the Bay Area caused Harbaugh to cancel an outdoor walk-through and move preparations for Monday night's game at Washington indoors.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers defended his teammate.


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