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Ahmad Brooks: I can’t bring that attitude to the team

Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks

Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks


49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks met the media on Wednesday and the topic of conversation was Sunday’s displeasure about the 49ers’ plan to rotate him in and out of the lineup with Aaron Lynch and Aldon Smith.

Brooks explained that he lashed out at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula on the sideline about the substitution pattern, which led the team to bench him for the remainder of the 16-10 victory over the Giants. Brooks said that he “can’t bring that attitude to the team” and that he has since apologized to Tomsula and his teammates.

“When you go to work you’re not always going to be on the same page with your co-workers,” Brooks said, via the team’s website. “This is one of those instances. It happened on that day in that game. It happened to me. I said my apologies to the team, and we’re just moving forward. We’ve still got six games left. We still have the team to make it to the Super Bowl. We still have a team that’s capable of making it to the playoffs. That’s where our focus is as a team right now. We don’t want to focus on distractions.”

Brooks said he doesn’t know the team’s plan for him on Sunday in terms of starting -- Brooks has started 58 straight games for the 49ers -- but that he expects to be back in the lineup in some form.