Biggs: 49ers' Smith fined for hit on Favre

The NFL promised it would crack down on shots to the quarterback’s knees or below, and it followed through with a $5,000 fine for San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith for hitting Brett Favre in the area of the knee, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Smith was penalized 15 yards on the play, a three-yard completion to Sidney Rice. Combined with a 15-yard penalty against 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer for taunting, it put the Vikings in range for a 52-yard Ryan Longwell field goal in the second quarter of Minnesota’ 27-24 victory.

Smith will appeal the fine, according to the report.

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