Just because Jerick McKinnon is an offensive player doesn't mean he can't be the one to initiate contact. That's exactly what he did in a late touchdown run last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and now the 49ers running back is paying the price.
NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported Saturday that McKinnon has been $9,857 for unnecessary roughness due to lowering his head to initiate contact with the opponent's helmet. No flag was thrown on the play.
Here's the play in question.
The touchdown was the 49ers' final points in their 25-20 Week 4 loss to the Eagles. It also gave McKinnon his third straight game with a rushing touchdown.
McKinnon now has 193 rushing yards and three touchdowns over four games, while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He has been the 49ers' lead carrier with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out, and has proved he still is an effective back when healthy.