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Defensive tackle Quinton Dial was called for a costly roughing-the-passer penalty in the 49ers’ loss Sunday night to the Chicago Bears.
The penalty helped set up a Bears touchdown before the half. And it was costly in another way, too. Dial was fined $16,537, the NFL announced on Friday.
"It was a penalty, of course. I just got to know how to hit a quarterback next time," Dial said. "I got to get my head out of there and put my shoulder in there."
Dial hit Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler in the midsection shortly after he unloaded a deep pass, which fell incomplete. The only thing that made the hit illegal, the NFL ruled, was that Dial used the crown of his helmet to deliver the blow.
"That's part of the rules, I just got to abide by the rules so I don't get a penalty and hurt my team," Dial added.
Rookie safety L.J. McCray was fined $8,268 for an unnecessary roughness penalty on a kickoff in the first quarter.
As previously reported, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $11,025 for inappropriate language. He said he plans to appeal the fine.