NFL: No fine for 49ers' Justin Smith

NFL: No fine for 49ers' Justin Smith

Dec. 24, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe NFL did not fine 49ers defensive end Justin Smith after he was ejected from a game last week in San Diego for making physical contact with a game official, a league spokesman said Friday.Smith, a 10-year veteran, was ejected after he was penalized for the incident involving umpire Garth DeFelice, who has officiated 13 NFL seasons. Smith will play Sunday in the 49ers' key NFC West game against the St. Louis Rams.Referee Clete Blakeman ruled Smith's act "intentional," which drew an immediate disqualification from the game. "Smith basically came at him (DeFelice), shoved him," Blakeman said after the game.RELATED: 49ers notes: Smith denies intentional shove of official
Clearly, the NFL disagreed with Blakeman's immediate assessment of the incident. Players who have been ejected in recent seasons for making contact with officials have also been fined.When DeFelice tried to separate Smith from Chargers tight end Kris Wilson with a forearm to Smith's chest area, Smith pushed DeFelice's upper arm away, thus drawing the penalty and ejection."I wasn't even aware it was an official at first," Smith said. "It was me and the tight end and next thing I know, there's an arm and just a reaction. A rule's a rule. If you touch an official, you're out. It is what it is. Unfortunately, I couldn't be out there and play."When Smith was ejected with 10:52 remaining in the second quarter, the 49ers trailed 7-0. The Chargers went on to score the first 34 points of the game in their 34-7 victory. 49ERS INJURY REPORT
Out: TE Nate Byham (heel), T Joe Staley (fibula).
Staley is progressing well from his broken left fibula, and he is expected to be available to practice next week. If the 49ers lose on Sunday, there's no reason to get him ready. The 49ers promoted tight end Colin Cloherty from the practice squad this week to compensate for the expected loss of Byham, a blocking specialist. If Cloherty is active, he'll probably play exclusively on special teams. Adam Snyder would likely be used as a blocking tight end.Questionable: RB Anthony Dixon (ankle).
Brian Westbrook has gotten most of the playing time in recent weeks, with Dixon used solely in two-back sets. If Dixon is unable to play, DeShawn Wynn might get a handful of snaps. Wynn is probably with an ankle injury of his own.Probable: CB Nate Clements (knee), WR Josh Morgan (shoulder), LB Takeo Spikes (hand), RB Brian Westbrook (not injury related), LB Patrick Willis (hand), RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle).
All these players will be available for action. Willis and Spikes will again play with casts on their broken right hands.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.