Smith fined 15K for low hit on QB


Smith fined 15K for low hit on QB

Rookie pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded two sacks, a safety and a forced fumble in the 49ers' 25-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.He also was fined 15,000 for a roughing-the-passer penalty. Specifically, Smith struck Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford below the knee area, a league spokesman said Friday.
Also from the game, the NFL fined Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew 7,500 for a chop block. The penalty was already costly, as it wiped out a pass play that would've given Detroit a first-and-goal situation from the 49ers' 8-yard line. Instead, it pushed the Lions back, and kicker Jason Hanson missed a 52-yard field goal before the half.Earlier this week, the NFL announced that neither Jim Harbaugh nor Lions coach Jim Schwartz would be fined for the skirmish that ensued after the Harbaugh's rather aggressive post-game handshake and Schwartz's pursuit and bump of Harbaugh.
Isaac Sopoaga was not fined for an unnecessary roughness penalty, as he was called for ripping the helmet off a Detroit player. And Lions defensive back Chris Houston was not fined for play in which he was penalized for a horse-collar tackle of running back Frank Gore.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'


Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”