49ers rookie Justin Skule not fined for blindside block in first start


49ers rookie offensive tackle Justin Skule was not fined for a play in which he was penalized for an illegal blindside block against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.

Skule was called for a penalty for his block on Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 24-20 victory at Levi's Stadium.

According to the NFL's fine schedule, players found guilty of violating the player safety guidelines with a blindside block are subject to a fine of $28,075 for a first-time offense.

Skule made the start in place of six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, who is out six to eight weeks with a fractured left lower leg. Staley vehemently objected to the penalty on the sideline and later said Heyward "flopped" after Skule made contact with him.

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“Obviously, I’d never try to hurt anyone,” Skule said after the game. “I was trying to lead with my shoulder. I didn’t want him to hit Jimmy. My job is to protect the quarterback, so that’s what I was trying to do. I just wanted to make sure he didn’t get to the quarterback. I’ll look at it and learn from it, for sure.”

Also, Pittsburgh defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was not fined for his roughing the passer penalty against Jimmy Garoppolo. Fitzpatrick used both hands to shove the neck area of Garoppolo after delivering a second-quarter pass.

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