"It obviously couldn't be taken back," Brooks said. "So they decided not to put me back in for the remainder of the game, but we're moving forward as a team."
"I felt bad," Brooks said, "and I didn't like that feeling. So I decided to apologize to Jimmy Tomsula because that's who I said those words to. I apologized and he accepted my apology.
"By me being a veteran, I can't bring that attitude to the team."
Brooks isn't likely to see his usual workload going forward, but San Francisco needs him if the team is going to make the playoffs at 6-4. Will he come to terms with his reduced snaps?
"We've still got six games left," he said. "We still have the team to make it to the Super Bowl. We still have a team that's capable of making it to the playoffs. That's where our focus is as a team right now. We don't want to focus on distractions."