49ers’ Nick Bosa fined for blindside block vs Vikings
Nick Bosa delivered a blindside block on Brian O’Neill in the San Francisco 49ers-Minnesota Vikings divisional round matchup. After the league looked into the play, the NFL has fined Bosa for his blindside block versus the Vikings.
The play occurred when Kirk Cousins targeted Adam Thielen and was intercepted by Richard Sherman. While Sherman began to look for space to run, Nick Bosa put his shoulder into the chest of O’Neill.
As a result, the officials threw a yellow flag and the rookie defensive end was penalized 15 yards. Now, Nick Bosa will lose out on $28,075 for making the illegal blindside block on O’Neill.
Despite the mishap by Nick Bosa, San Francisco went on to win the game by the score of 27-10. The penalty by the first-year defensive end was one of the only mistakes that he made against the Vikings.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft finished with two sacks, six tackles, and three quarterback hits. Furthermore, in the regular season, Nick Bosa contributed nine sacks, 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 25 quarterback hits, and two forced turnovers.
The NFL has been cracking down on players committing illegal blindside blocks in 2019. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nick Bosa is going to lose a cut of the $33.5 million that he’s owed for his rookie contract after committing the infraction.
There was controversy after last week’s game for people trying to decipher whether or not Nick Bosa had a malicious intent with his block. While he’ll be fined for his error versus the Vikings, Bosa will likely be cautious making blocks moving forward.
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