NFL fines Cardinals and 49ers players for Week 9 scrap

Sep 21, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) looks on without a helmet during warm ups before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Fallout from week’s fracas between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers continues. The league has fined San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde and Arizona’s Antoine Bethea, Haason Redick and Frostee Rucker just over $9,000 each for their roles in a fight that took place just shortly after kickoff of the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory over the 49ers.

The incident occurred following Bethea’s dangerous hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, who slid late after scrambling from the pocket. San Francisco offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson shoved Bethea immediately after the play, beginning a brief skirmish that left Hyde, Reddick and Rucker ejected.

That’s Rucker in the zoomed-in, slow-motion replay shoving Hyde to the ground after the two suddenly separate from their teammates. All three players who were ejected received offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Bethea’s unnecessary roughness flag was the only one enforced on the field.

After the game, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan applauded Hyde and his teammates for sticking up for their quarterback.

“There’s a very fine line. I want our guys to be smart,” Shanahan said, per Chris Biderman of Niners Wire. “I know Carlos is the one who ended up getting ejected. I didn’t see Carlos throw a punch. I don’t know exactly what he did. I did see him get punches get thrown at him. I did see him get knocked over a couple times. I really loved how he went and got our quarterback’s back

“I thought our quarterback had a couple helmets to the head when he was in the pocket a few plays before and then he ended up scrambling and sliding and he got one again. I think our players had had enough.”

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