Lions' John Wendling Fined For Hit On Alex Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is hit by John Wendling #29 of the Detroit Lions as he slides to the ground at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions safety John Wendling was fined $7,875 for his hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Detroit Lions safety John Wendling received a $7,875 fine for leading with his forearm on sliding quarterback Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers in their Sunday Night Football matchup in Week 2 of the NFL regular season. Wendling did not get penalized on the play. The 49ers won, 27-19.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee has the story on the fine and included a quote from Smith on the punishment.

Said Smith after the game: "I looked up, saw the flag and thought for sure it was a personal foul call, but all of a sudden we were backed up and it was a holding call. I was pretty stunned we didn't get that call."


Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/09/lions-safety-fined-for-alex-smiths-bloody-nose.html#storylink=cpy

By contrast, the NFL fined Smith almost twice as much for wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap that failed to meet league standards; he was punished with a $15,000 fine for not meeting the NFL's dress code. In what appeared to be a show of solidarity, Giants manager Bruce Bochy wore a 49ers cap and Giants players wore 49ers gear after their victory over the Colorado Rockies.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh had this to say about Bochy's act:

"I thought it was tremendous. Tremendous, tremendous."

Talk about the punishment with Lions fans at Pride of Detroit, and with 49ers fans at Niners Nation.

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