Alex Boone was not fined for the play that left Giants linebacker Jon Beason with a concussion and a grudge against the 49ers guard, but running back Carlos Hyde was fined $23,152 for unnecessary roughness.
Hyde was not penalized on the play, a run to the left in which he gained seven yards. But the league reviewed the play and determined Hyde initiated contact with Beason by lowering the crown of his helmet, which is illegal outside the tackle box.
Two 49ers players, Anquan Boldin and Joe Staley, were the first to notice that Beason was wobbly after the play and signaled to the Giants sideline to tend to their player.
Beason’s ire this week was focused on Boone, whom he accused of a “cowardly move.” Boone was downfield on the play and seemed to grab and push Beason toward Hyde as the running back was moving toward Beason, though Boone contends it wasn’t a forceful shove. Boone also was not penalized at the time and an illegal block is not listed on the NFL’s schedule of fines.
“I can honestly say that if I hadn’t gotten pushed in the back, I wouldn’t have been concussed,” Beason told New York reporters Friday. “It’s unfortunate when another player, Alex Boone to be exact, can reach out, grab you from behind, and then deliberately push you in the back. It’s hard enough to stay healthy in this league. I think it was a cowardly move, didn’t show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player, their career.”
Said Boone later in the day: “I’m sorry he feels that way. I’ve never thought of myself as a dirty player, intentionally trying to hurt anybody.”
Boone said he didn’t hear anything from Giants players during or after the game, and he wished Beason had contacted him directly.
“He said he’s not going to reach out to me; that’s a shame,” Boone said. “If I had a grievance with somebody, I’m sure I’d call them to tell them. But everybody’s different.”
Beason has passed through the league’s concussion protocol and practiced Friday.
Asked about the play earlier Friday, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he didn’t recall anything dirty about it.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I mean we were blocking, tackling and running.”
Hyde to play – Hyde was limited Friday for his second consecutive practice with a foot injury, but Tomsula said he “fully expects” him to play Sunday against the Ravens at Levi’s Stadium.
Running back Reggie Bush (calf) was the only player who didn’t practice Friday. He is listed as doubtful on the 49ers’ injury report.
Listed as questionable are linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), tight end Vernon Davis (knee), receiver Bruce Ellington (calf), linebacker Eli Harold (knee), Hyde (foot) and guard Brandon Thomas (ankle).
Questionable for the Ravens are linebacker Elvis Dumervil (thigh), running back Justin Forsett (ankle), receiver Steve Smith (back) and guard Marshal Yanda (ankle).