On Friday, the National Football League fined Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last Sunday.
This comes as no surprised given the NFL’s overprotection of its quarterbacks these days. It also did not help because it appeared Matthews launched himself at Kaepernick after the 49ers’ quarterback was clearly out of bounds.
However, he was not the only linebacker fined for laying a hit on a quaterback, because Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers was also fined for the same reason. The difference is Brooks was fined $12, 750 for a roughing the passer penalty which occurred in the third quarter.
To round it all out, 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late against Green Bay’s defensive back Jarret Bush, which also occurred in the third quarter. Unlike both Matthews and Brooks, Boldin did not receive a penalty during the game for his hit.
Another name to note, 49ers’ left tackle Joe Staley, was not suspended after receiving a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for getting into it with Matthews after his late him on Kaepernick. This also comes as no surprise after the NFL came out and said Staley’s actions did not warrant a penalty.