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October 22, 2010
Davis isn't sore over Shaun Smith ruling

The NFL rescinded its $10,000 fine of Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith, but Anthony Davis - and I apologize in advance for this - isn't going nuts over the decision. The 49ers offensive tackle, who accused Smith of grabbing him inappropriately on Sept. 26, said he was putting the incident behind him.

"How many ... what game was that?" asked Davis, who drew a 15-yard penalty when he retaliated "You run into people like that sometimes. But I'm not mad at him. You can't blame him. He doesn't know any better."

According to The Kansas City Star, Smith received a letter from the league stating that video evidence didn't show conclusively that Smith grabbed Davis in the groin area. Cleveland center Alex Mack accused Smith of doing the same thing a week earlier. Here's the video of the Smith-Davis incident:

Said Smith to the Star: "I was just happy to get it resolved. It was hanging over my head since week three, and now it's not. People accuse you of stuff all the time. Stuff like this happens all the time. That's why you have the appeal process to go through, to get everything the right way."

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Starting cornerback Nate Clements (ankle) was limited in today's practice and will be questionable for Sunday's game. Clements was hurt early in Sunday's game but stayed on the field until late in the game. If he can't play, Will James would take his place opposite Shawntae Spencer.

Meanwhile, tight end Delanie Walker (high-ankle sprain) went through a limited practice today and is further along than expected. He'll also be listed as questionable for Sunday. Eric Heitmann will have his neck injury checked out. He is listed as out. Tony Wragge will be the back-up center on Sunday.

The rest of the players on the team's injured list practice in full today and will be listed as probable. They are: Vernon Davis (knee), Josh Morgan (thigh), Parys Haralson (calf), Justin Smith (hand) and Manny Lawson (rib).

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Both 49ers safety Dashon Goldson and Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston were fined $5,000. Goldson struck Raiders WR Louis Murphy in the face mask after a play was over. Houston was fined for striking Alex Smith in the chest and neck area.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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