Goldson fined $21,000 for 'third infraction'


Goldson fined $21,000 for 'third infraction'

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Dashon Goldson received a letter Thursday from the NFL to inform him of a $21,000 fine for an illegal hit on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Sunday night.

Goldson, who said he plans to appeal the fine, was surprised to read in the letter that it was his "third infraction."

"I don't know what third infraction they're talking about," Goldson said. "This is the first time I've ever been hit with a fine besides the one I had on the Rams."

Goldson was fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty of sliding St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Dec. 2. Goldson was also fined $7,875 for taunting Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch on Oct. 18.

Goldson was also fined $25,000 last year after getting ejected for fighting with Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet.

He has also received numerous fines for uniform violations, he said, while producing a stack of letters from the league. Goldson said his fines have been for his socks and uniform pants failing to meet the NFL code.

"They've fined me about $70,000 already," said Goldson, who is playing on a one-year contract of $6.212 million as the 49ers' franchise player.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he believed Goldson's hit Sunday night on Hernandez was legal. When asked if it was an illegal hit, Fangio said, "I don't think so. He wrapped the guy up, hit him in the chest area."

Fangio said officials have told him that they're asked to call the penalty if there are any doubts.

"If it looks bad, the league has told the officials to err on the side of caution," Fangio said. "So, obviously, if it ends up looking like a big hit, sometimes if they don't see it all and it's a bang-bang play, they're going to err on the side of safety and throw the flag."

Earlier this season, the NFL originally suspended Baltimore safety Ed Reed for one game for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. However, Ted Cottrell, the hearing officer in the appeal, reduced the discipline to a $50,000 fine with no suspension.

Goldson said he will not change his style of play based on the amount of fines he is accruing.

"I don't have time to sit there in the timespan I have as a football player when I'm on the football field to dictate what's clean and what's a not-so-clean hit," Goldson said. "I'm not a dirty player. And that's just that."

Goldson was penalized 15 yards for the hit on Hernandez. On the next play, Hernandez appeared timid as he tried to catch a short pass from quarterback Tom Brady. The pass glanced off Hernandez's hands and was intercepted by Aldon Smith.

"Hits like that get wide receivers the short (arms)," Goldson said. "It's been proven throughout this league for years, and it's been proven since me and Donte (Whitner) have been back there making hits."

When asked if Goldson wants to be known as the biggest hitter in the NFL, he answered, "No, I just want to be known as a good football player."

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

49ers snap count: Three RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers split the playing time among three running backs Sunday with starter Carlos Hyde out of action due to a shoulder injury.

DuJuan Harris, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, saw his first action of the season. He played 26 snaps, the most of any of the 49ers’ running backs on Sunday in the team’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Harris had 39 yards rushing on 11 attempts. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Shaun Draughn played 23 snaps, while Mike Davis started but saw action in only 21 plays. Davis carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Draughn carried once for 16 yards and led the team in receiving with five catches for 37 yards.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges started for the first time since Week 3. He played 61 snaps, while Michael Wilhoite saw action on 13 plays after losing his spot in the starting lineup. Nick Bellore started alongside Hodges at inside linebacker and was on the field for 74 of the 49ers’ 75 defensive plays.

First-round draft pick DeForest Buckner played 73 of the 49ers’ defensive plays, an unusually high number for a defensive lineman.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine did not play any snaps on defense. The 49ers signed him to a one-year extension at the beginning of the season that paid out a $1.25 million signing bonus. His cap figure for next season is $2.025 million. Carradine played seven snaps on special teams.

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 45-16 loss to the Bills:

70 snaps
70 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
61 -- WR Quinton Patton
56 -- WR Torrey Smith
54 -- TE Vance McDonald
41 -- TE Garrett Celek, WR Jeremy Kerley
26 -- RB DuJuan Harris
23 -- RB Shaun Draughn
21 -- RB Mike Davis
14 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
9 -- WR Rod Streater
4 -- TE Blake Bell

75 snaps
75 -- S Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock
74 -- LB Nick Bellore
73 -- DL DeForest Buckner
71 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
70 -- S Antoine Bethea
62 -- CB Rashard Robinson
61 -- LB Gerald Hodges
48 -- LB Aaron Lynch
47 -- DL Arik Armstead
41 -- DL Quinton Dial
40 -- CB Jimmie Ward
26 -- LB Eli Harold
17 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
13 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
9 -- S Jaquiski Tartt
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Keith Reaser

Special teams
27 -- Dontae Johnson, Shayne Skov
21 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Burbridge
17 -- Streater, Purcell
16 -- Celek
15 -- Bell
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Bellore
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Davis
10 -- Dial, Tartt
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Reaser
7 -- Tank Carradine, Harris, Reid, Brooks, Ward, Harold
5 -- Phil Dawson, Robinson, Hodges, Lynch
3 -- Andrew Tiller, JaCorey Shepherd, Beadles, Staley, Brown, Garnett, Kerley
2 -- Blair

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert
C Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey (knee)

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.