Justin Smith ought to be getting a letter from the NFL

Contact with official will likely draw fine Brad Biggs

Print This December 17, 2010, 10:04 AM EST

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The FedEx envelope that arrives next week for Justin Smith won’t be a stocking stuffer.

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end will likely receive a fine, maybe a whopper, for instigating contact with official Garth DeFelice Thursday night in the 49ers’ loss to the San Diego Chargers. Smith was engaged in a war of words with Chargers tight end Randy McMichael in the second quarter, and he shoved DeFelice, leading to a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and a mandatory ejection.

“First time I really watched a game from the locker room," Smith quipped afterward, according to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I wasn't even aware it was the official at first," Smith said. "Me and the tight end were kind of going at it. It was kind of a natural reaction by me. Rules are rules, you've got to respect it. It's unfortunate it cost the team."

Let it serve as a lesson to look before you shove.

You might recall DeFelice is the official knocked over St. Louis Rams running back Kenneth Darby in 2008.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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