Ahmad Brooks has been fined $15,750 for his controversial hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday, agent Greg Williams confirmed. Williams said that Brooks likely will appeal the fine but that he hasn't spoken to his client yet this morning.
Brooks was flagged for a personal foul for hitting Brees in the neck, according to referee Tony Corrente. The initial blow, however, was to Brees' upper chest, and the game-altering play has created a storm of controversy among 49ers fans and in the media, especially among former defensive players.
Ex-Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, for example, took out his American Express card on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown and vowed to pay half of Brooks' fine. Former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi offered to pay a third of the fine.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lewis plans to make good on his promise before Monday's 49ers-Redskins game on ESPN. "I will see Ahmad on Monday and I will have a check in hand," Lewis said, according to a tweet from Schefter.
The hit caused a fumble that the 49ers, leading by three points with a little more than three minutes remaining, recovered. The NFL's head of officiating, Dean Blandino, said Tuesday that even though contact began at Brees' chest, Brooks' arm eventually made contact with the quarterback's neck. Blandino said Corrente made the right call.
Brooks also was penalized and fined $12,750 for a late hit on Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. Williams said he wasn't surprised by the $15,750 figure because fines usually increase if the infraction occurs again.
-- Matt Barrows