49ers notes: No fine for Seahawk safety's big hit

Published: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 - 11:49 am

SANTA CLARA – Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was not fined for the big hit that sent 49ers tight end Vernon Davis to the sideline with a concussion Sunday.

Davis on Friday said it sure seemed as if the hit was illegal.

"I'm assuming that he hit me helmet-to-helmet," Davis said. "That's what it felt like."

Chancellor was flagged for unnecessary roughness for the first-quarter wallop, which dislodged the ball from Davis and sent him sprawling out of bounds inside the Seahawks' 5-yard line. The 49ers had to settle for a field-goal attempt on the drive, which was blocked and returned for a 90-yard touchdown.

The NFL ultimately ruled that Chancellor led with his shoulder and that the hit was not worthy of a fine.

Davis has been progressing through the NFL's post-concussion protocol this week, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said the tight end is "on course" to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Davis still must pass a simulated contact test that will be administered today.

Davis, however, wasn't ready to declare himself ready for action. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

"I feel all right," he said.

Not 100 percent?

"I'm all right," Davis answered with a smile.

Still, he said he was eager to get back on the field. If he sits out Sunday's game, it will be his first missed start since 2007.

"I don't like sitting back and watching," he said. "I like to get out there because that's what I love to do. I love playing football. Right now, to me, it's kind of like last year: You only get one shot."

The only player who received a fine from Sunday's game was 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis, who buried Seattle rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane – who is 140 pounds lighter than Davis – with a block well after a play had ended late in the fourth quarter in what was at that point a 35-6 game.

Davis was flagged for unnecessary roughness and fined $10,000.

Two other 49ers who were flagged for unnecessary roughness Sunday, cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, were not fined.

Injuries – Like Davis, outside linebacker Clark Haggans (shoulder) is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Thirteen 49ers are listed as probable, including starters Navorro Bowman (wrist, shoulder), Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), Tarell Brown (shoulder, knee), Jonathan Goodwin (illness), Frank Gore (knee), Mike Iupati (shoulder), Andy Lee (illness), Bruce Miller (shoulder), Carlos Rogers (knee, toe), Aldon Smith (shoulder) and Donte Whitner (knee).

Goodwin returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's session.

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