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San Francisco 49ers' Ahmad Brooks fined for hit on Drew Brees

Thursday's health and safety news from the world of football:

* San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks will be fined $15,750 for hitting New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees around the neck last Friday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.


Rapoport also reported that Brooks will appeal the fine, according to a source who has spoken to the linebacker on the matter.


"You can't make forcible contact to the head or the neck area, even if the contact starts below the neck and rises up," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."


Blandino further analyzed the play.


"If there's force to that contact, it's a foul," he added. "Watch the initial contact, maybe around the shoulder, but it rides up into the neck area and brings the quarterback down with force."


* NFL.com via ESPN reported that Brooks won't accept charity from former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who offered to pay half of Brooks' fine because of outrage over the hit.

* Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Fox Sports that he thinks the NFL safety rules treat quarterbacks like babies.


FOX Sports: What is your opinion of the rules designed to protect the quarterback?


Adrian Peterson: You think about Drew Brees and the hit he took (against the 49ers). I love Drew Brees. He's one of my favorite guys to watch, but that hit he took wasn't a penalty. So they kind of baby the quarterbacks, but (as) the running back we're (treated) like every other player. We get hit and that's what it is.


* The Associated Press reported that NFL TV analyst Dan Dierdorf announced his retirement after 30 years in broadcasting and 13 years as a player.

* The Columbus Dispatch reported that Rep. Joyce Beatty and Rep. Charlie Dent are cosponsors of a bill that threatens to withhold federal funding from colleges that do not require institutions to conduct baseline concussion testing of every athlete who participates in a contact or limited-contact sport.

* WPMI-TV in Mobile, Ala., looked at what area neurologists are doing to protect kids from concussions.

* The Advocate in Stamford, Conn., reported that the city's schools will now require a concussion consent form parents for kids to play sports.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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