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NFL fines Dre Greenlaw $10K for Justin Herbert hit in 49ers-Chargers game


After being ejected in Week 10 for a controversial helmet-to-helmet hit on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw has been given an expensive punishment.

The NFL fined Greenlaw $10,609 for unnecessary roughness on the play, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, which took place last Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

#49ers LB Dre Greenlaw was fined $10,609 for unnecessary roughness – a helmet-to-helmet hit on sliding #Chargers QB Justin Herbert that led to his ejection last week.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2022

Greenlaw on Friday told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco that if he were to be fined by the NFL, he would appeal it.

The hit in query took place just before halftime of the 49ers’ 22-16 win over the Chargers as Herbert scrambled downfield with the ball.

As Fred Warner and Jimmie Ward attempted to tackle Herbert near San Francisco’s 35-yard line with 38 seconds left in the primary half, the quarterback went to his knees and fell forward.

Greenlaw, lowering his shoulder as he also looked to stop the play, made helmet-to-helmet contact with Herbert as he went down. The linebacker subsequently was ejected and San Francisco was assessed with a 15-yard penalty.

Herbert went to the Chargers’ medical tent on the sideline to be checked for a concussion before returning for the sport’s second half.

RELATED: NFL official says Greenlaw’s hit before ejection was ‘flagrant’

Shortly after leaving the sphere, Greenlaw posted “Free me” on his Instagram story in apparent disagreement with the officials’ decision to eject him.

“I’m just attempting to go in with my shoulder to attempt to get a success and just in some way, it happened so fast, it just got here closer than what I expected,” Greenlaw told reporters Friday. “It was similar to a bang-bang play. I definitely didn’t mean to get ejected or hurt anybody.


“But that’s a part of football.”

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