NFL fines 49ers' Brooks $15,570 for hit on Brees
That is the standard amount for such hits to the head and neck area.
Brooks leveled Drew Brees, forcing a lost fumble. But the penalty kept the ball in the Saints' possession, and they soon kicked two field goals to win 23-20. The tackle left Brees with blood on his chin.
Brooks vehemently argued against the penalty, saying he didn't use his hands or helmet and called it a "bear hug." Brees labeled the hit a clothesline tackle.
The linebacker was fined $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call against Aaron Rodgers during the season opener against Green Bay.
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