There’s somethin’ ya don’t see every day.
In an NFL era where quarterbacks are only slightly more well protected than Fort Knox and the Hope Diamond, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined Friday for grabbing a Carolina Panther defender’s facemask in last Sunday’s 10-9 loss at Candlestick Park.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter than Kaepernick was on this week’s list of fines:
Here’s one you don’t see very often: #49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was fined $7,875 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 15, 2013
Kaepernick was being rushed by Carolina’s A.J. Klein and grabbed Klein’s facemask. Then he held on for awhile.
Klein ended up with the sack, anyway, one of six absorbed by Kaepernick in the game, for a loss of 14 yards, so Carolina opted to take the play and decline the penalty.
It’s not unheard of for an offensive player to be flagged for a facemask call—receivers get tangled up with defenders in coverage and it happens on the line from time to time.
But the last time a quarterback was called for a facemask? We’re not really sure—the site nflpenalties.com tracks every flag thrown in the NFL. Its database goes back to 2009 and Kaepernick is the only quarterback in that span to be called for a facemask.
The next thing you know, there will be people wanting a punter to get flagged for an illegal hit. Oh, wait …