The Reporter (Vacaville)
NFL hits 49ers with fines for offseason violations
The 49ers insisted Thursday they take player safety and league rules “very seriously,” saying so after further NFL discipline for violations amid their offseason program.
Fines of $100,000 were levied to the club and $50,000 to coach Kyle Shanahan, a league source confirmed. The 49ers, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars, were cited for unspecified violations in organized team activities, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.
“The health and safety of our players is our highest priority and we take following league rules very seriously. We will continue to work with the NFL and the NFLPA to ensure compliance,” read a 49ers statement.
Shanahan cut the offseason program short by eliminating the mid-June mandatory minicamp. Afterward, news broke that the NFL docked the 49ers their final week of the rookie development program after a video surfaced on social media of a rookie minicamp drill involving contact by cornerback Deommodore Lenoir in a nocontact period.
Thursday’s fines stems from issues unrelated to
that rookie minicamp incident, a league source said.
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