As if Colin Kaepernick's 91-yard, six-sack, 42-passer rating outing against the Carolina Panthers wasn't punishment enough, the NFL also fined the 49ers quarterback $7,875 for his second-quarter facemask of linebacker A.J. Klein. Klein ended up sacking Kaepernick and the Panthers declined the penalty.
Carolina strong safety Quintin Mikell also was fined $7,875 for hitting Kaepernick after he had gone to the ground following a 16-yard scramble at the end of the third quarter. Mikell was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.
Meanwhile, Carolina running back was not fined on the play that resulted in safety Eric Reid's concussion. Tolbert received a short pass from the quarterback, and as Reid was approaching him, appeared to lower his helmet in anticipation of the contact. Before the year began, the NFL said it would penalize runners who use the crown of their helmets to strike defenders. The 245-pound Tolbert, however, was not penalized at the time or subsequently fined by the league.
Reid and tight end Vernon Davis, who also suffered a concussion Sunday, have practiced all three days this week. Both must pass a simulated contact drill in order to be cleared to play against the Saints. That drill could occur later today or following Saturday's walk-through at the Superdome.
- Matt Barrows