NFL: 49ers issued warning but no fine

Harbaugh shares his perspective on Jeremy Lane sideline incident

NFL: 49ers issued warning but no fine
February 4, 2014, 4:45 pm
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You don’t know which way to go other than just hold your ground and protect yourself. Which was his reaction. It would have been mine as well.
Jim Harbaugh

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The NFL issued the 49ers a warning for the incident in the NFC Championship game in which a Seattle Seahawks player came in contact with a member of the 49ers staff while covering a punt.

The 49ers were not fined for the incident, an NFL spokesman told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The play occurred early in the second quarter on a play in which 49ers return man LaMichael James muffed a punt.

Seahawks gunner Jeremy Lane was lined up wide on the left side. Tramaine Brock forced Lane out of bounds along the 49ers sideline. An unidentified 49ers staff member – an intern on the team’s strength and conditioning staff – came in contact with Lane, who fell to the ground before getting to his feet and continuing down the field.

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Two days after the incident, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he would gladly give the NFL an account of what he observed. It’s not known whether Harbaugh spoke to the league office about the incident.

“He (Lane) did run into our guy and kind of stumbled down to the ground,” Harbaugh said. “But our guy was in a spot back where he was supposed to be. I saw it with my own two eyes. I saw the same kind of reaction. He made the same reaction that I did. So it was bang-bang. I could be called for a witness on that because I saw it.

“You don’t know which way to go other than just hold your ground and protect yourself. Which was his reaction. It would have been mine as well.”

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