Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday said he would appeal the more than $11,000 fine he received this week from the NFL for using “inappropriate language” following a fourth-quarter interception against the Chicago Bears.
Kaepernick has insisted he didn’t say anything, and he noted that Bears defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, who was near Kaepernick when the alleged incident occurred, corroborated his account in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
“The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying that I didn’t say anything,” Kaepernick said. “And I don’t know him. So it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me.”
Footage shot by KPIX and aired in the Bay Area on Wednesday evening, however, clearly shows the quarterback shouted something to Houston after bumping Houston as he walked to the 49ers’ sideline. The video can be seen here.
The NFL has not specified what Kaepernick allegedly said. The side judge who threw the flag also has stuck to his guns on the issue, telling CSN Bay Area that Kaepernick “knows what he said.”
Jim Harbaugh said he didn’t hear anything from his vantage point.
“I don’t have a stance because I don’t know,” the 49ers head coach said. “I didn’t hear it. Colin’s always been truthful 100 percent of the time.”
The NFL made abusive language an area of emphasis during the offseason, and officials met with every team this summer, saying they would crack down on everything from swear words to slurs to taunting. Infractions are treated as 15-yard personal fouls. The fines are $11,025 for the first offense and are doubled for a second offense.
The penalty Sunday occurred at the San Francisco 6-yard line, so the ball only was advanced to the 3-yard line. The Bears scored on the ensuing play.
A week ago, the team was missing both of its starting cornerbacks. On Wednesday, they were down two tight ends, Vance McDonald, who is dealing with a knee injury, and Vernon Davis, who is dealing with knee and ankle issues.
The ankle is the more serious problem, and the 49ers’ top tight end was moving around with the help of crutches while his teammates practiced. Davis was taken down awkwardly after a short reception in the fourth quarter Sunday and did not return to the game.
He suffered a deep bruise to his ankle, but there was no structural damage.
“(I) feel like we dodged a bullet with Vernon,” Harbaugh said. “(I’m) hopeful that’ll be a healthy position by the end of the week.”
Meanwhile, cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe) and tackle Anthony Davis (hamstring) continue to rehabilitate from their injuries. If they can’t play Sunday in Arizona, Perrish Cox and Jonathan Martin will continue to start in their places.
In addition, left tackle Joe Staley was limited with a knee injury; running back Carlos Hyde (calf) was a full participant.