A defensive player was fined for a hit on a quarterback in Sunday’s Rams-49ers tie, but it wasn’t a hit on the quarterback who was knocked out of the game.
Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was not fined for his hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Although Dunbar did make helmet-to-helmet contact with Smith on the play, Smith was a runner and hadn’t gone into a feet-first slide, which made the hit legal.
Smith said this week that he thinks the Dunbar hit contributed to his concussion, although he said it was a hit he took on a quarterback sneak after that when he really started to have the vision problems that caused him to leave the game.
San Francisco defensive lineman Ray McDonald was fined, however, for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. McDonald was flagged for roughing the passer on the play.